USA Wrestling Hires Zadick

Jan. 6, 2009

Bill Zadick of Colorado Springs, Colo. has been hired by USA Wrestling for the new position of Resident Coordinator and Assistant National Coach. He begins his duties in January.

Zadick, a 2006 World freestyle wrestling champion, will serve as the liaison between USA Wrestling and the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) concerning USA Wrestling’s resident athlete programs. He will also coordinate educational and professional development opportunities for the wrestling resident athletes. He will also assist with coaching at resident and National Team practices.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to stay involved on the international level and assisting USA Wrestling in becoming the dominant nation in international wrestling,” said Zadick. “I have had experience at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Hopefully, I can bring some positive things to the sport and to the organization.”

There are USOTC resident programs in Colorado Springs, Colo. in the Olympic styles of men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman.

“We are very excited that Bill Zadick will be joining our national staff,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. “We are pleased that Bill has chosen to begin his professional career as part of our management team. As a World champion athlete and a USOTC resident athlete, he brings tremendous assets to this new position. He will be a key leader in helping USA Wrestling to succeed on the international level.”

Zadick reached the top of the freestyle wrestling world in 2006, when he won a World gold medal at 66 kg/145.5 pounds in Guangzhou, China. His younger brother Mike won a silver medal at 60 kg/132 pounds at the 2006 World Championships, making them the first U.S. brothers to reach the World finals on the same year since Tom and Terry Brands in 1993.

Zadick also competed in the 2001 World Championships, placing seventh. He was a runner-up at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2000 and 2008. He was a three-time U.S. Nationals runner-up (2003, 2006, 2008) and a two-time World Team Trials runner-up (1999, 2002).

He won a NCAA Div. I title for the Univ. of Iowa in 1996 and was a two-time All-American, competing for the legendary Dan Gable. Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Zadick won four high school state titles for Great Falls High School (1988-91).

Zadick was a U.S. Olympic Training Center Resident athlete from 2004-2008, where his freestyle career flourished on the mat.

“We are very excited to have a World Champion to assist our athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center,” said Mitch Hull, National Teams Director. “Having Bill work and coach at the USOTC provides a great asset for our organization and our sport.”