COLUMBIA — The National Wheelchair Basketball Association announced that the Missouri men's wheelchair basketball coach Ron Lykins has been named the head coach of the United States 2016 Paralympic team set to compete in Rio de Janeiro.
Lykins previously coached the U.S. women's team in three Paralympic games, winning gold in 2008 and 2004 and placing fifth in 2000.
Although the games are four years away, Lykins will begin his new job immediately. The first task is putting together a coaching staff followed by player tryouts.
Lykins will remain the head coach for Missouri while he takes over the U.S. team.