Dennis Pilcher will enter his 40th season at Iowa Central this year. Pilcher, a mainstay on Iowa Central’s campus, has been the cornerstone of Iowa Central’s proud athletic department. Not only is he the Tritons’ longest tenured coach, but he also served as athletic director from 1990-2010. On Feb. 22, 2013, Pilcher was honored before a packed house as Iowa Central dedicated the court inside Hodges Fieldhouse to him. Iowa Central christened the Dennis Pilcher Court that same day with a 63-61 overtime upset up eighth-ranked Iowa Lakes.
The 2018-19 season will mark Pilcher’s 51st total season in coaching. Pilcher currently has the sixth-most wins among active coaches and has the twelfth-most wins ever with a career coaching record of 811-528 in his 38 years. Pilcher has led the Tritons to two NJCAA National Tournaments (1990, 2012), has coached four First team All Americans, Klaye Rowe in 2006, Kurt Alexander in 2011, Terell Parks in 2012, and Tray Croft in 2018. In 2018 Tray Croft was named the NJCAA DII Player of the Year. Pilcher is a two-time Region XI Coach of the Year (1990, 2012).
In 2011, he was inducted to the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame by his NCJAA coaching peers. In 2009, his alma matter, North Clay High School (Louisville, Ill.), inducted him to its Hall of Fame. Before Iowa Central, he spent eight years at Dyersburg State (Tenn.) and three years as head coach at Fancy Farm High School.
As an athletic director at Iowa Central, Pilcher oversaw the Triton athletic department blossom into the nation’s best. The department grew from 10 programs in 1990 to 22 programs when he retired in 2010. Pilcher’s final two seasons as Athletic Director yielded back-to-back NATYCAA Cup Trophies. The National Association of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Cup is awarded yearly to the nation’s top two-year athletic department based on team finishes at national tournaments. The trophies were the first of a record five straight trophies for the department.
A graduate of Lincoln College and Murray State University, he was also Athletic Director for six years at Dyersburg State. His family includes wife Donna, and their children Mizti, John, and Amanda, who are also educators and coaches.