With a fast-paced offense and one of the most tenacious defensive mindsets in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Guy Rancourt has continued the legacy of successful men’s basketball teams at Lycoming College.
Now entering his 10th year as head coach, Rancourt has taken the Warriors to the NCAA Tournament three times, won two MAC Commonwealth title, appeared in five MAC Commonwealth title games and he has earned two MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honors and one D3Hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year award. Along the way, he has coached 15 players to All-MAC Commonwealth honors, one to all-region accolades and two to the league’s Rookie of the Year award.
He has steadily moved up the list of all-time wins at the college, where he is firmly entrenched in second with 157 victories behind only the legendary Dutch Burch, who won 318 games as head coach from 1962-94.
Predicted to finish first in the MAC Commonwealth, the Warriors did just that in 2016-17, repeating as conference champions for the first time in program history. The Warriors enjoyed arguably the greatest season in program history, winning a school-record 24 games. The Warriors led the conference in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and turnovers forced. The team finished first in the MAC Commonwealth with a 13-3 record and won the MAC Commonwealth Tournament with two double-digit romps in Lamade Gym. Only three players averaged in double figures, yet the team scored more than 80 per game, a testament to the team’s unselfishness and desire. Lycoming finished the regular season ranked 15th in the nation, the highest ranking in program history, and the Warriors also won their first NCAA Tournament game in 13 years, an 86-70 triumph over Cabrini, before finally falling in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
Lycoming had an exceptional run to win its first MAC Commonwealth title in 2016, winning three games on the road as the fifth and final seed in the MAC Commonwealth Championship to earn the title, becoming the first team in conference history to win the tournament as a No. 5 seed. Lycoming opened the tournament by beating No. 4 Stevenson, before posting a convincing 69-53 win over No. 1 seed Alvernia, the three-time defending conference champions, in the conference semifinals. In the championship game, Lycoming held off a late rally to post a five-point win over Arcadia, which had beating Lycoming twice during the regular season.
The team finished the campaign off with a 19-10 record, running out to a 14-3 start and entering the first half of the MAC Commonwealth season in first place before finishing in fifth to earn a conference tournament bid for the second straight year and set up the exciting run to the conference title. The team finished ninth in Divsion III in turnover margin (+5.2), while also leading the MAC Commonwealth in steals (9.3), scoring margin (5.9), turnovers forced (18.28) and free throw attempts (755).
Rancourt guided the Warriors to an 18-8 season that included a 13-3 mark in the Commonwealth Conference, finishing three games ahead of the next four teams in the league, despite a roster filled with 10 freshmen. After starting the year, 6-5, the Warriors finished the regular season by winning 11 of its last 13 games. They hit that stride with an aggressive offensive and defensive philosophy, finishing seventh in Division III in free throw attempts (682) and leading the league in offensive rebounds (13.12), scoring offense (75.2), steals (10.2), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.302), 3-point field goal percentage (.380) and turnover margin (+5.5). The Warriors garnered two all-conference honors and Rancourt was honored as the Commonwealth Conference’s coach during the MAC Senior All-Star game.
With a young group that lost two all-conference selections from 2012-13, the Warriors came alive late in 2013-14, winning five of its last six games to finish 13-11 overall and 9-9 in the Commonwealth Conference. Included in those wins were victories over the No. 3 (Messiah), No. 4 (Hood) and No. 5 (Albright) teams in the Commonwealth Conference Tournament field, which the Warriors just fell short of due to a tiebreaker. The team also knocked off Messiah, 81-73, in Lamade Gym while the Falcons were ranked 17th in the nation, the program’s first win over a top-25 program since 2008.
In 2012-13, the Warriors reached the Commonwealth Conference Championship game for the third time in four years while posting a 17-10 overall record. Lycoming got out to another hot start, going 11-1 and earning votes in the D3hoops.com national poll during six weeks of the season. The team finished in the top 10 in Division III in three statistical categories, finishing 10th in scoring offense (83.7) behind national leader Grinnell (112.3), third in assists per game (18.2) behind Grinnell (19.7) and second in blocked shots per game (6.0), finishing behind only Case (6.1). In addition, he coached first-team all-conference selection Anthony Martin, who led the Commonwealth Conference in scoring in league games, averaging 20.0 per game, and second-team all-conference pick Jerald Williams, who led all collegiate players at all levels in both assists (9.9) and assist-turnover ratio (3.39).
The 2011-12 Warriors jumped out of the gate, winning a school-record 12 games in a row and helping Rancourt earn the D3 News/Schelde Coach of the Month award for December, as the Warriors knocked off traditional regional powers Alvernia, Wilkes and Penn State Behrend. The team went on to reach the Commonwealth Conference Championship game for the second time in Rancourt’s tenure, wrapping up the season with a 19-8 record. The tenacious, fast-paced team finished in the top 10 in the nation in assists (fifth, 18.2), assist-turnover ratio (ninth, 1.33) and blocked shots (fourth, 5.8).
In 2010-11, the Warriors posted a 15-10 overall record as they notched wins over NCAA Tournament-bound teams Johnson & Wales and Delaware Valley. The team also won two in-season tournaments, winning the Tip-Off Tournament and the Louis Fleming Basinger Memorial Tournament on the Lamade Gym floor. The Warriors led the Commonwealth Conference in scoring offense (78.8) and steals (10.3) for the second straight year. Individually, Kevin Anthony won the conference’s rookie of the year award and Will Kelly was a first-team all-conference pick.
In his second year as head coach, Rancourt led the Warriors to a 21-7 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the Commonwealth Conference, which was good for a share of first-place in the regular-season standings. The Warriors advanced to and hosted the Commonwealth Conference championship game as the No. 1 seed and earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In his first season, he guided the Warriors to an overall record of 11-13, coaching two Warriors to the All-Commonwealth Conference team.
Rancourt spent the five years prior to coming to Lycoming working with NCAA Division I institutions, including three years at Stony Brook University in New York and a two-year stint at Florida State University.
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 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 2001 and to a share of the CUNYAC regular-season title in 2002, 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.
Each summer since 2006, Rancourt also coaches the East Coast All-Stars on a tour of Europe, playing against several national and professional teams. In 2009, the all-stars finished the five-game tour with a 4-0-1 record. Since 2011, the squad has appeared in the Four Nations Cup, representing the United States in a four-team tournament in the Republic of Georgia. During the tour, Rancourt has coached players from Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Drake, Notre Dame, St. John’s, Kansas State, Arkansas, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Texas A&M, George Washington, Michigan, Maryland and Rutgers.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Rancourt played 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 a bachelor’s degree in political science from WCSU in 1997.