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Taking His Talents to Rio

Mizzou wheelchair basketball coach will lead U.S. national team in 2016.

Ron Lykins

MU wheelchair basketball Coach Ron Lykins will helm the U.S. national team at the September 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro. Photo courtesy of MizzouRec.

Fresh off the Tigers’ fifth-place finish at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament March 9 in Birmingham, Ala., Mizzou head Coach Ron Lykins began his international preparations in earnest. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association selected the fourth-year MU coach to lead the U.S. men’s team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Lykins (shown at right with Tanner Gentry of Muskegon, Mich.) led the women’s national wheelchair basketball team in 1992, 2004 and 2008, the last two times winning gold. He coached the men’s squad at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater from 1985–93. Lykins is assembling his coaching staff, and he will hold national tryouts for players beginning May 28 in Colorado Springs, Colo.