DANBURY, Conn. – Former Western Connecticut State University guard Charles "Guy" Rancourt ('97) has been named the Colonials' 12th Head Men's Basketball Coach at his alma meter, announced Director of Athletics and Recreation Lori R. Mazza.
"I'm excited to welcome back Guy to the WestConn family," stated Mazza on Thursday. "Guy has extensive coaching experience at the Division III and Division I levels and has demonstrated his ability, to be an essential part of, and lead, championship programs at multiple institutions. His philosophy of family, commitment to academics, athletic success and leadership are in line with our vision here at WestConn and I look forward to the positive impact he will have on our student-athletes and community at large."
Rancourt comes to WestConn following 10 years at Lycoming College where he instilled a fast-paced offense along with one of the most tenacious defensive mindsets in the Mid-Atlantic region.
"I'm honored to return to my alma mater and once again be part of Western Connecticut's strong basketball tradition," acknowledged Rancourt. "I want to thank Athletic Director Lori Mazza, Vice President Dr. Keith Betts, and President Dr. John B. Clark for this wonderful opportunity. To me, WestConn has been synonymous with success on the court, in the classroom, and throughout the community. My family and I are excited to be at Western Connecticut and honored to be continuing the tradition established by those before me."
During his 10 seasons at Lycoming College, Rancourt took the Warriors to the NCAA Tournament three times, won two Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth titles, appeared in six MAC Commonwealth title games and earned two MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honors. He also garnered one D3Hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Coach of the Year award. Along the way, he coached 17 players to All-MAC Commonwealth honors, one to all-region accolades and two to the league's Rookie of the Year award.
He steadily moved up the list of all-time wins at Lycoming, where he left the school firmly entrenched in second with 176 victories behind only the legendary Dutch Burch, who won 318 games as head coach from 1962-94.
This past winter, the Warriors went 19-7 overall and 10-6 in the conference. They advanced to the MAC Commonwealth Championship game before falling to Lebanon Valley 76-75 in overtime.
Rancourt spent the five years prior to his stint at 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 under Steve Pikiell, a former UConn standout and current Rutgers University head coach, handling coaching, recruiting and administrative duties for the Seawolves.
While at Florida State, Rancourt served as the Director of Basketball Operations under Leonard Hamilton. His responsibilities included handling all in-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 City. In his first season there, he led the team to 13 wins, improving from just two wins the previous year, and guided the Bloodhounds to an appearance in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) quarterfinals. For his efforts that year, he was named the CUNYAC Coach of the Year.
Rancourt led the team to a semi-final appearance in the conference tournament 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 with the Chargers 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 WestConn, where, as a freshman, he helped lead the Colonials to the 1994 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Championship. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from WestConn in 1997.