LOS ANGELES – Make space in the trophy room, Bill Zadick.
The former Great Falls High wrestling star was named the U.S. Olympic coach of the year this week at an awards ceremony featuring some of the top Olympic talent in the country. The United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA Awards was held on Wednesday.
Zadick, the USA wrestling national freestyle coach, guided the American program to the 2017 freestyle world championship. It was the first win for the U.S. since 1995 and only the third in program history. Zadick led the United States to six medals in eight weight classes, two each for gold, silver and bronze.
Zadick also led USA wrestling to its first junior world team freestyle championship since 1984.
“It is an honor to be included in this group of excellent coaches, which is humbling. A good plan is contingent upon good people in the right places. We have a vision to be the best and believed we could be World Champion. It is a victory for everybody,” said Zadick.
The award was twice as nice for Zadick as Kyle Snyder, the 2017 world freestyle champion wrestler, was named male Olympic athlete of the year.
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 MontanaSports.com #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.