IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa national champion Bill Zadick has been named as the next National Freestyle Coach for USA Wrestling, the national governing body for the sport in the United States.
Zadick is currently an Assistant National Freestyle Coach with USA Wrestling. He will assume head coaching duties from Bruce Burnett following the 2016 Olympi Games in Rio de Janiero.
Zadick was a two-time All-American for the Hawkeyes from 1993-96. He placed fifth at the national tournament in 1995 before winning NCAA and Big Ten titles in 1996.
Zadick will assume the duties after the current National Freestyle Coach Bruce Burnett completes his tenure after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Burnett, who was the National Freestyle Coach from 1992-2000, was rehired in May 2014 to lead USA Wrestling’s freestyle national program through the Rio Games.
“To be named USA Wrestling’s Freestyle National Coach is a great honor. It is humbling, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to the United States and to USA Wrestling and to the athletes. I love freestyle wrestling. I cut my teeth in freestyle as a young kid, coming up through the developmental ranks. It has always been a huge passion for me. It is an important component to the American wrestling system. I am a patriot. I love red, white and blue and I want us to be the best wrestling nation in the world,” said Zadick.
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