Bill Zadick speaks to campers at the Zadick Bros wrestling camp this summer. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bill Zadick is adding to the family legacy.

The former Great Falls High School wrestler and longtime coach is a finalist for the U.S. Olympic coach of the year in the 2017 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year. The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the news on Wednesday.

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In only his first year as head coach of the USA national freestyle program, Zadick led the United States’ team to the 2017 senior world championship. It was the first title for the U.S. since 1995. Under Zadick’s tutelage, athletes won six medals in the eight weight classes in the senior championships, with the finale being dubbed ‘Match of the Century.’ USA’s Kyle Snyder beat Abdulrashid Sadulaev to clinch a one-point win for the United States in the team standings.

Zadick, who began as a resident coordinator and assistant national coach with USA wrestling, also led the U.S. junior world team to its first world championship since 1984.

Billy Walsh (boxing) and Matt Whitcomb (nordic skiing) are the other two finalists for the Olympic coach of the year. MJ Rogers (para archery), Eileen Carey (para nordic skiing) and Adam Bleakney (para track and field) are the paralympic coach of the year finalists.

A former four-time state champion at Great Falls High, Zadick posted a prep record of 117-5. Each of his four state titles came in different weight classes. In 1996 Zadick won the 142-pound NCAA championship with the University of Iowa, becoming only the second Montana wrestler to win an NCAA title. He capped his collegiate career as a two-time all-American, Big Ten and NCAA champion.

A 2011 inductee in the National Wrestling hall of fame, Zadick captured the 2006 world freestyle championship. His coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at the University of Iowa before he joined USA wrestling in 2009.

Zadick was honored as the No. 2 wrestler in Montana history in the #MTTop20, a list of the best 20 wrestlers to hail from the Treasure State.

Zadick’s brother, Mike, is currently the associate head wrestling coach at Iowa State.