Rancourt reportedly leaving Lycoming

After one of the most successful 10-year runs in the history of the Lycoming College men’s basketball program, head coach Guy Rancourt is reportedly stepping down from his post with the Warriors to take the head coaching job at his alma mater, Western Connecticut State University, according to Hoopdirt.com.

A search for a new head coach at Lycoming is in the preliminary stages.

In his 10 years in Williamsport, the Queens, N.Y., native led Lycoming to a 176-89 record (.664 winning percentage), the second-most wins in program history behind Dutch Burch’s 318 wins. Rancourt, who replaced Don Friday in 2008, won two MAC Commonwealth titles (2016, 17), led his squad to the conference championship game six times, earned two MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honors and one D3Hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year award.

Known for his high-scoring offenses and aggressive full court defense, Rancourt experienced only one losing season in his decade at Lycoming, and that was his first season. Since then, he has won at least 13 games every year, won 15 or more the rest of the way and topped 20 victories twice, including a program-record 24 in 2016-17 when the Warriors reached the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked 24th in the nation.

In 2017-18, the Warriors finished 19-7, including a program-record 13-game win streak to start the season. In the process, the team reached national rankings as high as sixth when it got off to that hot start.

Before becoming the head coach at Lycoming, Rancourt served as an assistant coach at Stony Brook, and as the director of basketball operations at Florida State. He also served as the head coach at John Jay College (1999-2003) where he went 55-48.

Rancourt was a four-year guard at Division III Western Connecticut from 1993-97 and will replace Jason Harlow who spent the past two seasons as the interim head coach for the Colonials, who went 14-13 last season and advanced to the Little East Conference Tournament semifinals.

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