Lou Rosselli coaches Kyle Snyder at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)Lou Rosselli, Kenny Monday and Bill Zadick are the final three candidates for the position. Bruce Burnett has held the position since May of 2014, a month after Zeke Jones resigned as the U.S. national freestyle wrestling coach.
Rich Bender, USA Wrestling's executive director, talked about the candidates Saturday on Takedown Wrestling Radio.
"Our program is in good shape," said Bender. "These are three quality individuals that are all very capable and have incredible resumes and abilities to coach. We will go through another round of in person interviews and allow these guys to articulate their plan for the future of American freestyle wrestling and the program at USA Wresting, and evaluate which one is going to be the best in our opinion and the best chance to be successful."
Rosselli is currently the associate head wrestling coach at Ohio State. He was the NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009. Rosselli wrestled on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, and was a three-time U.S. Open champion. He wrestled collegiately at Edinboro where he earned All-American honors twice.
Monday has coached at all levels of wrestling, and has worked as the wrestling coach with the Blackzilians, a mixed martial arts camp. He is a two-time Olympic medalist, winning gold in 1988 and silver in 1992. Monday was also an NCAA champion and three-time NCAA All-American at Oklahoma State.
"I'm hands on," Monday said on Takedown Wrestling Radio. "I'm still able still able to work out with the guys, but I can do both. Whatever I need to do as far as organizing training. I am a little of both. I can do whatever is needed, I have the skill set to do that."
Zadick is a national freestyle development coach with USA Wrestling. He was a World champion in freestyle in 2006. Zadick was a two-time All-American at Iowa.