USA Wrestling National Freestyle coach and former Great Falls High standout Bill Zadick, who led Team USA to the world team title in freestyle wrestling, was named National Olympic Coach of the Year.

The United States edged Russia by one-point to win the 2017 Freestyle World Team Title in Paris, its first in 22 years and third ever. In addition, USA Wrestling won the Junior World Team men’s freestyle title in 2017 under Zadick’s guidance, its first team title at this age level since 1984.

“It is an honor to be included in this group of excellent coaches, which is humbling," Zadick, who was a four-time state high school champion for the Bison from 1988-91, told USAWrestling.org. "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.

"I thank our coaching staff, which includes Kevin Jackson and Joe Russell, as well as the entire USA Wrestling staff."

Zadick was the 1996 NCAA champion for the University of Iowa and the 2006 World Freestyle titlist. He became National Freestyle coach in August 2016 and was in his first year leading the program after more than seven years as an assistant coach.

"In the short time that Bill has been National Freestyle coach, he has established himself as one of the very best coaches and leaders in Olympic sport," USA Wrestling executive director Rich Bender said

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Zadick is the first USA Wrestling coach to win the USOC Olympic Coach of the Year award, and only the second to win any USOC coaching award.

- USAWrestling.org and Curt Synness

Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynness_IR and can be reached at curt.synness@lee.net or curt52synness@gmail.com

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