Ron Lykins, who worked for the American Association of adaptedSPORTSTM Programs (AAASP) as Director of Training, is a 25–year veteran in the field of disabled sports, and known internationally for his expertise. He is a USA Paralympic Coach, leading the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team to win the gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. He also served as Head Coach for the 2001–02 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team; and was Head Coach for the 1990 World Championship and Paralympic silver medalist team in women’s wheelchair basketball. Lykins was also assistant coach for the national women’s wheelchair basketball team that competed in the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
During the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Lykins was Venue Manager for wheelchair basketball events at Morehouse College Arena. He was charged with all aspects of preparing the venue including directing a crew to manage the functional areas of security, competition, concessions, accreditation, and VIP service.
Lykins met the co–founders of AAASP in 1994 when he was commissioned by the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee to script and oversee the Georgia Power–produced video of disabled sports training techniques. He worked for AAASP as the Director of Training from 1998 to 2008, where he oversaw coaching standards for teaching youth adapted sports, and directed AAASP program staff in the development of training criteria, educational material, and sport policy. Lykins was the primary author for AAASP’s adaptedSPORTSTM coaching publications.
As Sports Program Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater from 1985 to 1993, Lykins directed the recreation/athletic programs for students with disabilities.
Lykins’ knowledge of disabled sports took root during college when he worked in the office of the Commissioner of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and with the University of Kentucky’s wheelchair basketball team. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Community Recreation, and a Masters degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Kentucky.