USA Wrestling promoted former Iowa standout Bill Zadick to its national freestyle coach position on Wednesday.
Zadick, 43, is the fifth full-time national freestyle coach in the organization’s history. The 1995 NCAA champion and 2006 World champion will replace Bruce Burnett, whose second tenure in the role will end after the Rio Olympics.
Zadick has spent the past six years serving as USA Wrestling’s national freestyle developmental coach and assistant national freestyle coach.
“We want the United States to be the best wrestling nation in the world in all styles,” Zadick said in a statement. “Of course, my focus will be on freestyle. It will take a lot of work. We are going to need all hands on deck. We have a lot of great wrestling minds within the United States and it is going to take a coordinated effort and inclusion of all those people to move us forward.
“With Russia, Iran, the former Soviet republics, including Georgia, Azerbaijan and others, there are a lot of really strong wrestling nations that are well-organized and well-funded. We will need to be the same and even more so for us to make up ground, win more medals and improve. … We will need to draw on all of the resources within the United States borders to make us better.”