Swimming & Diving Hires Elizabeth Lykins
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

FORT MYERS, Fla., - FGCU Swimming & Diving Head Coach Neal Studd has announced the hiring of Elizabeth Lykins as assistant swimming coach. Lykins comes to FGCU with five years experience as a Division I assistant.

“She comes very highly recommended,” stated Studd. “Her track record of helping improve her athletes at Colgate and Georgia Southern attracted us to her. She has also proven to be a good recruiter and she will help us in building a winning program."

Lykins just completed her third season as an assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming teams at Colgate. Her primary responsibilities include coaching the distance swimmers, coordinating travel, and assisting with the publication of the program's alumni newsletter. Over the past two seasons, her athletes have posted 170 personal bests and won eight conference titles.

Lykins went to Colgate after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern University. Lykins also worked in the athletics business office as an intern.

Before returning to graduate school, Lykins was the head coach of the Telluride Torpedoes for four seasons in Telluride, Colo.

Lykins is a 1998 graduate of the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration after being a member of the athletic honor roll all four years. A four-year member of the swim team, Lykins was a captain for two seasons and was named women's team MVP in 1998.

Lykins received her master's degree in sports management from Georgia Southern in May 2004. FGCU will add one assistant diving coach in the near future. FGCU is still hosting one swimming camp from July 16-24, please contact Neal Studd at 239.590.7572 for more information.