Adam Pilapil joins Bobcat Football team as assistant defensive line coach
BOZEMAN, MT – Adam Pilapil, former Wyoming Cowboys linebacker and quality control coach who spent the 2020 season in Kansas State, has joined the Montana State football coaching team as an assistant line coach. defensive, Bobcat head coach Brent Vigen announced Thursday.
A product of Torrance, Calif., Pilapil played linebacker for Wyoming from 2015 to 2018. He made 69 tackles for the Cowboys, including 31 during his junior season when the Pokes finished 8-5 after a victory in the famous Idaho Potato Bowl. UW has led the nation in takeaways and has finished ninth in defense, 13th in passing defense and 23rd in total defense during this campaign.
In its senior season, Wyoming finished 19th nationally in total defense, 25th in run defense, 28th in scoring defense and 32nd in passing defense. He’s had 25 tackles this season, including a career-best nine against Wofford.
Vigen said Pilapil brings his experience in the team’s current defensive system and his enthusiasm to the Bobcats. “I am delighted to bring Adam on board as the new assistant defensive line coach,” said the MSU first year head coach. “He brings a lot of experience as a player in this system, as well as in a quality control role and as a graduate assistant. He brings a tremendous level of energy that will impact our guys on the pitch as well as in the field. recruitment. process. “
Pilapil said his experience with Vigen made him feel familiar in a new role. “I’m really delighted to be working for someone who I absolutely 100% believe in and who knows me very well from my playing days and to work together for a year in the same staff,” Pilapil said of Vigen. . “I believe in everything Coach Vigen is doing, what he’s going to do here and what has already been built here. We’re excited to be here and to start, and excited for the (players) to start, too, because they want to play. “
Red Shirt in the 2014 season in Wyoming, Pilapil received his BA in Communication in 2018 and spent 2019 as a Quality Control Assistant for the Cowboys. In 2020, he became a graduate assistant at Kansas State, where he worked with linebackers. The Wildcats finished 36th in the FBS in tackles for loss at 6.8 per game last fall.
“This system, the style of defense we’re going to play here, is something that means a lot to me,” said Pilapil. “I’ve seen this defense play at the highest level and play really, really well so I’m happy to teach these guys that and see how good we can be. I’m happy to work with some really good guys. coaches here, Coach (Freddie) Banks and Coach Howe, guys who know the system well, as well as Coach (Kyle) Risinger and Coach (Bobby) Daly. “
Pilapil won All-Mountain West Academic Conference Honors during his four college seasons in Wyoming and was inducted into the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society in 2019. He will work with Bobcat Defensive Run Game Coordinator / Defensive Line coach Shawn howe at MSU.