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Evan Fancourt's Southern Guilford boys basketball teams went 76-54 in his five seasons as the Storm's head coach.

Updated 3:30 p.m.

GREENSBORO — After building a strong boys basketball program in five seasons at Southern Guilford, Evan Fancourt is moving to Page.

Fancourt replaces Matt Harder, who stepped down at the end of a 10-14 season to become the full-time athletics director at Page, a position he accepted in late December. Guilford County Schools does not allow its high school ADs to coach, so Harder had to give up his basketball duties.

"I'm really excited," Fancourt said today. "I thought it would be a cool opportunity and a cool, new challenge."

Fancourt's last Southern Guilford team went 23-5, won the Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference tournament and advanced to the third round of this year's NCHSAA Class 3-A playoffs before losing to unbeaten Southwest Guilford. The Storm's record during his tenure was 76-54 overall and 38-22 in conference play.

Fancourt said it was "very hard" to leave Southern Guilford, particularly his returning players. "Every single guy in that program did everything I ever asked him to do and played so hard," he said. "Obviously we had a special team and some really good basketball players, but I had the greatest group of kids, the best people. I tell people all the time — and I'm biased on this — but if there are 1,100 kids at Southern Guilford, I had the 12 best on the basketball team."

Fancourt said his departure was not a reflection on Southern Guilford.

"I loved everybody out there," he said. "Coach (Jeff) Carter was great to me as an athletics director and really helped me grow. Dr. (Brian) Muller was a great principal, and I have a lot of friends there who I'll be friends with for the rest of my life."

One unique challenge for Fancourt will be coaching at Page as a Grimsley graduate.

"I'm a Greensboro guy, went to Grimsley," Fancourt said, "and close with people from Page and at Page. Some of my best friends are Page graduates. People love Page High School. Grimsley's kind of the same, too, but a lot of times when you ask people where they went to school, they're going to respond with, 'I went to Page' or 'I went to Grimsley' or 'I went to Dudley.' There's a lot of pride, and Page has a really strong community."

After high school, Fancourt graduated from the University of Lynchburg (Va.), where he served as basketball team captain for three years while earning academic all-conference honors every year. He finished his Hornets career among the school's top 10 in 3-pointers made in a season and career 3-point percentage.

Fancourt has worked in Guilford County Schools since 2008 as an Exceptional Children (E.C.) teacher. He has 10 years of coaching experience and was named the Mid-Piedmont 3-A's coach of the year in 2017 and 2018. He has been chosen to coach the East boys team in the annual Triad High School All-Star Classic, which will be played March 23 at Greensboro Day.

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