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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

GUY RANCOURT HEADED TO LYCOMING COLLEGE


WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Former Stony Brook University Men's Basketball assistant coach Charles “Guy” Rancourt has been named the head coach of the Lycoming College men’s basketball program, it was announced by Scott Kennell, the College’s incoming director of athletics. Rancourt will be officially introduced at a press conference on Friday.
“I am excited about the energy Guy brings to the program,” said Kennell. “He is someone who has tremendous knowledge of the game of basketball and he cares about his student-athletes both on and off the court. I am very impressed by his enthusiasm to work with great student-athletes and his commitment to continue the tradition of combining excellence in the classroom with competitiveness on the court.”
Rancourt spent the last five years working with NCAA Division I institutions, including the last three years at Stony Brook University in New York and a two-year stint at Florida State University.
"I'm grateful to President Douthat, Mr. Kennell, and all those involved in giving me this opportunity,” said Rancourt. “The support shown by Lycoming's administration, student body, and surrounding community make this a great place to go to college. I’m honored to be a part of Lycoming, and it's my intention to continue giving all involved a reason to be proud of their basketball program."
Rancourt served as an assistant coach at Stony Brook, handling coaching, recruiting and administrative work for the Seawolves.
While at Florida State, Rancourt served as the director of basketball operations and worked under Leonard Hamilton. His responsibilities included handling all office and budgetary matters, team travel, academic development, dining and housing contracts and serving as the director of the annual Leonard Hamilton basketball camp for boys.
Prior to Florida State, Rancourt served as the head men’s basketball coach at John Jay College in New York. In his first season, he led the team to 13 wins, improving from two wins the previous year, and an appearance in the conference quarterfinals. For his efforts that year, he was named the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Coach of the Year. Rancourt led the team to a semi-final appearance in the conference in 2000 and to a share of the CUNYAC title in 2001, improving the squad’s record each year. In four seasons with the Bloodhounds, Rancourt compiled an overall record of 55-48.
Along with his coaching duties at John Jay College, Rancourt also served as the assistant director of athletics. He was responsible for scheduling, travel and facilities management for all 12 of the College’s athletic teams.
Rancourt began his coaching career in 1997 at the University of New Haven as an assistant coach. His duties throughout a two-year stay included recruiting, scouting and film exchange.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Rancourt played high school basketball at Archbishop Molloy High School on the same team as former Georgia Tech and NBA star Kenny Anderson. He continued his playing career at Western Connecticut State University, where he helped lead the team to the 1994 ECAC Championship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from WCSU in 1997.
A press conference will be held on Friday afternoon in the Jane Schultz Room of the Student Center at noon. A lunch buffet will be served on the quad following the press conference for all members of the media who wish to stay.