Air Force fires basketball coach Reynolds

Air Force men's basketball coach Jeff game losing streak.

Athletic director Dr. Hans Mueh made the announcement. Associate head coach Dave Pilipovich will take over as head coach for the remainder of this season.

Reynolds was in his fifth season as head coach of the Falcons. He led them to a 16-16 record last season and their first berth in a postseason tournament in four years.

The Falcons lost in the second round of the tournament and are 11-10 this season, including a 1-6 mark in the Mountain West Conference.

Reynolds went 63-82 for Air Force and is 145-116 in eight-plus season as a college head coach. He has also coached at North Carolina Wesleyan and Wingate College.

He was an assistant for two years under Jeff Bzdelik and was promoted in April 2007 after Bzdelik left to coach Colorado.

The Falcons haven't won a game since January 14 at Boise State. They took then-No. 12 UNLV to overtime two weeks ago before losing, 65-63.

Afterward, UNLV coach Dave Rice said he was impressed by the pace of the Air Force offense.

"We had a hard time guarding them and that's a credit to Air Force," Rice said. "I think it's always frustrating when you play against a team that is very methodical and has a different style, but that's a part of becoming a very good team."

After the same game, Reynolds said he couldn't fault his players' effort.

"I thought they played their hearts out," he said. "We're a good basketball team. We've got to continue to believe in what we're doing and at some point we'll be in a position to at least get a shot at it."

Air Force will play its first game without Reynolds on Saturday against Boise State at home.