ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program announced today (Wednesday, Aug. 9) Chuck Swenson has been appointed administrative assistant and Dave Pilipovich has been appointed assistant coach.
"It's always important for staff members to be exposed to multiple areas of our program for continued growth and flexibility," said U-M coach Tommy Amaker. "Chuck and Dave are both invaluable to our program and to me, and I know that they will each continue to be so in their new roles."
Chuck Swenson Background Information
Swenson is in his sixth year with the Michigan Basketball program and brings a wide variety of attributes to the Wolverine program with over 28 years of collegiate basketball coaching experience.
Before coming to Michigan, Swenson served as an assistant coach at Penn State University from 1996-2001, under head coach Jerry Dunn, who led the 2000-01 squad to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Prior to Penn State, Swenson began his second tour of duty with Duke University serving as Director of Basketball Operations from 1994-96. Swenson oversaw all internal operations of the Blue Devils' program and was Duke's point person with Nike, Inc.
Before his second stint in Durham, he spent seven years as head coach at the College of William & Mary (1987-94). He guided William & Mary to its first winning season in eight years in 1992-93, as they placed fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Two of his recruiting classes received national recognition while five of his players earned CAA All-Rookie honors. In 1990, he coached the CAA All-Star team on a tour of the former Yugoslavia.
In his first stint at Duke (1980-87) as an assistant coach to Mike Krzyzewski, Swenson helped spark the rebirth of the Blue Devils' program by recruiting the likes of Tommy Amaker, Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie and Danny Ferry to the program.
He also served as an assistant coach to Krzyzewski at Army (1977-1980). Prior to his arrival at West Point in 1977, Swenson worked with the Indiana University program during its 1976 NCAA championship season. An Indiana graduate, Swenson was affiliated with the Hoosiers' basketball program and Bob Knight for five years, serving as a graduate assistant coach in 1976-77.
Dave Pilipovich Background Information
Pilipovich is in his second year with the Michigan Basketball program, having served as administrative assistant this past season.
Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Pilipovich served as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University for five years (2000-05). Before his stint at EMU, he served four years as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University (1996-2000), two years an assistant coach at Georgia State University (1994-96) and two years as the assistant head coach at Florida Atlantic University (1989-91) before being named associate head coach the following four years (1991-94).
He began his coaching career serving as a graduate assistant at California University (Pa.) for two years (1986-88), before being named as an assistant coach for one season (1988-89).
A 1986 graduate of Theil College in Greenville, Pa., with a business administration degree, Pilipovich earned four varsity basketball letters and served as team captain during his senior season. He earned his masters from California (Pa.) in 1988 in geography and regional planning. He is an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and serves on the NABC Assistant Coaches Committee.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423