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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa NCAA champion and current USA Wrestling National Freestyle Coach Bill Zadick was named National Olympic Coach of the Year, the United States Olympic Committee announced Wednesday.
Zadick led the United States men’s freestyle team to the 2017 world title in his first year as head coach. It was the United States’ first team title in 22 years. Team USA won six individual medals in eight weight classes, including two gold, two silver, and two bronze.
Zadick won the 142-pound national title for the Hawkeyes’ NCAA championship team in 1996. As an international competitor, he won a gold medal at the 2006 World Championships in China. He will return to Iowa City on April 7-8 to lead Team USA at the 2018 UWW World Cup at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The UWW World Cup features the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world — including the U.S., Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Japan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan.
Former University of Iowa All-American Thomas Gilman is one of six world medalists competing for Zadick and the United States at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Gilman earned a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France. Other Team USA medalists include Jordan Burroughs (gold), Kyle Snyder (gold), James Green (silver), J’den Cox (bronze), and Nick Gwiazdowski (bronze).
Tickets are available at worldcupiowacity.com and hawkeyesports.com.
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