MU Wheelchair Basketball Coach to Lead U.S. National Team

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago February 07, 2013 Feb 7, 2013 Thursday, February 07 2013 Thursday, February 07, 2013 11:05:00 AM CST in Tiger Talk

COLUMBIA - Just months after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games ended, preparations for the 2016 games in Rio, Brazil began. Recently, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association announced that the University of Missouri wheelchair basketball head coach, Ron Lykins, will coach the United States men's wheelchair basketball team for the 2016 Paralympic games. Lykins will look to improve on the U.S. team's third-place finish in the 2012 Paralympics in London.

Although this is his first stint with the men's wheelchair team, Lykins is no stranger to Paralympic basketball as he has coached the U.S. women's team in three different Paralympics, winning gold in 2008 and 2004 and coming in fifth place in 2000.

"It's a tremendous honor to represent your country during the games," Lykins said. "You just can't find a better coaching job than representing your country in international competition. I'm very humbled to have this opportunity."

Lykins is currently in his fourth season as the head coach of the MU men's wheelchair basketball team. His first season as head coach was the 2009-2010 season and it marked the first time in Tiger history that the team finished with a winning record. During that season, the team won the Gorilla Invitational Tournament at Pittsburgh State University and the Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball Classic while finishing seventh in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NIWBT). Since then, Lykins has led the Tigers to two more Mizzou Wheelchair Basketball Classic championships and two fifth place finishes in the NIWBT.

"During my time with the U.S. national team, I will remain the head coach at MU," Lykins said. "Although it will be a busy and stressful time, the impact will be positive for our program. The attention of being head coach of the U.S. team will create an awareness of our program at MU throughout the country."

Lykins' duties as head coach begin immediately and will continue through the 2016 Paralympic games. After Lykins interviews candidates and selects his coaching staff, the staff will discuss which players to invite to a tryout camp in May. After they view hundreds of video submissions and referrals from coaches, the staff will invite 30-50 players to tryouts and select 12 individuals for the U.S. team.

Although the team expects to make it to Rio in 2016, a spot at the Paralympics isn't guaranteed. First, the team must qualify for the World Championships in 2014 by competing in a "zone qualifying" tournament in Colombia this year. The team must finish in the top four to qualify for the World Championships in Goyang City, South Korea. To qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, the team will have to place in the top four at the 2015 ParaPan-American Games in Toronto, Canada.

"It's all a process from start to finish," Lykins said. "Right now we can't even begin to think about Rio. We have to take things one step at a time, starting with finding the right group of players and developing them into the players we want. Then, we can take the levels of competition step by step from there until we reach Rio."

Lykins is known for producing good players at the wheelchair basketball level, as two of his MU players were selected to be on the 2009 U.S. "under 20" national team.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and involuntary manslaughter in a... More >>
12 minutes ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:32:13 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — We are fast-approaching the end of the holiday season and that time of year when some of us... More >>
35 minutes ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 12:09:00 PM CST in News
WAYNESVILLE — Pulaski County Sheriff Ronald Long will advise detectives investigating a discovery of an adolescent's remains to close the... More >>
56 minutes ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:47:16 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The November election put Republicans in full control of a record number of state legislatures around... More >>
1 hour ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 11:10:26 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri System will launch a nationwide search for a new chancellor of the system's flagship... More >>
1 hour ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:50:00 AM CST in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Residents of Ferguson are getting an update on reforms to the suburban St. Louis city's policing and... More >>
1 hour ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 10:44:38 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Several businesses around Columbia have been recognized by the state of Missouri as designated warming centers. Warming... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:44:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A project to replace existing water lines in the Gregory Heights neighborhood is set to begin Monday. ... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:31:00 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Police are investigating the killing of a 23-year-old man in Independence. The Kansas City Star reports... More >>
5 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 7:25:06 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA — John Alspaugh and his family own the Hinkson Creek Farm, including its very popular Christmas tree patch of... More >>
11 hours ago December 05, 2016 Dec 5, 2016 Monday, December 05 2016 Monday, December 05, 2016 1:23:00 AM CST in News
STURGEON — Mid-Missouri drivers experienced trouble on the roads Sunday after a mix of snow and rain spurred multiple accidents... More >>
14 hours ago December 04, 2016 Dec 4, 2016 Sunday, December 04 2016 Sunday, December 04, 2016 10:13:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — A proposed overhaul to a section of Columbia city code could soon make the city's parks more friendly... More >>
18 hours ago December 04, 2016 Dec 4, 2016 Sunday, December 04 2016 Sunday, December 04, 2016 5:53:00 PM CST in News
BRANSON (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a fire damaged a resort condominium building under construction in Branson. ... More >>
18 hours ago December 04, 2016 Dec 4, 2016 Sunday, December 04 2016 Sunday, December 04, 2016 5:51:00 PM CST in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — The New Madrid Fault has had a fair amount of minor seismic activity in recent weeks.... More >>
19 hours ago December 04, 2016 Dec 4, 2016 Sunday, December 04 2016 Sunday, December 04, 2016 5:42:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A horse drawn carriage was involved in an accident on the Country Club Plaza, injuring three... More >>
19 hours ago December 04, 2016 Dec 4, 2016 Sunday, December 04 2016 Sunday, December 04, 2016 5:41:00 PM CST in News
NAYLOR (AP) — Two southeast Missouri men have been honored as heroes for saving a man and his toddler son... More >>
1 day ago December 04, 2016 Dec 4, 2016 Sunday, December 04 2016 Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:04:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The first Chocolate Festival in Columbia will allow mid-Missouri residents to snack on tasty treats while giving back... More >>
1 day ago December 04, 2016 Dec 4, 2016 Sunday, December 04 2016 Sunday, December 04, 2016 5:16:00 AM CST in Top Stories
CAMDEN COUNTY — One man was airlifted to the hospital Friday after his vehicle overturned. According to the Missouri... More >>
1 day ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 9:22:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 41°
1pm 48°
2pm 49°
3pm 50°
4pm 50°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:30p
Inside Edition
1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Judge Alex

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Timeless
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Supergirl
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld