July 9, 2003
TALLAHASSEE — Guy Rancourt, the 1999 City University of New York Athletic Conference Coach of the Year at John Jay College, has been named the Director of Operations for the Florida State men’s basketball program it was announced by second-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Rancourt replaces Thom McDonald who held the same job during Hamilton’s first season at Florida State.
As the director of basketball operations, Rancourt will be involved in all phases of the day-to-day operations of the men’s basketball office. He will handle office and team budgetary matters, team travel, academic development, dining and housing contracts and will serve as the director of the annual Leonard Hamilton basketball camps for boys.
He was the head coach and Assistant Director of Athletics at John Jay from 1999 to 2003 and helped the New York City school to unprecedented success on the basketball court. Rancourt led John Jay to a winning record in each of his first three seasons after the team had won only two games the year before his arrival. Rancourt was one of the nation’s youngest coaches when he became the head coach at John Jay in 1999. He didn’t let his age determine his success as he led the Bloodhounds to 13 wins and a quarterfinal round appearance in the conference tournament in his first season. He led the team to 14 wins and a semifinal birth in the conference tournament in 2001 and a share of the division championship in 2002. As its head coach, Rancourt improved John Jay’s victory total in each of those seasons.
In his first season at John Jay, Rancourt led the team to 13 wins, which marked an improvement of 11 wins from the previous season. The 11-win improvement was the third best in Division III in 2000. John Jay ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.379) during the 2001 season
Rancourt performed several administrative duties in his position as Assistant Director of Athletics at John Jay. He was responsible for all scheduling, team travel and accommodations, scheduling of officials and facilities management for each of John Jay’s 12 athletic teams. In addition, he worked with the department’s compliance office, and its academic support and fund raising units.
The Queens, N.Y. native played high school basketball at Archbishop Molloy High School as did former Georgia Tech star Kenny Anderson during his career.
Rancourt earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Connecticut State University in 1997. While at Western Connecticut, he helped lead the team to the 1994 ECAC Championship. The Colonials were routinely ranked among the nation’s top teams.