Diving’s Adam Soldati is one of three finalists for the United States Olympic Committee’s 2011 National Coach of the Year award, the USOC announced Wednesday.
Snowboarding’s Rick Bower and figure skating’s Marina Zouvea are the other two finalists. The winner will be announced Tuesday, June 19, as part of the 2012 National Coaching Conference at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis.
In 2011, Soldati served as a U.S. coach at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai, where he guided David Boudia to a silver medal on 10-meter as Boudia became the first American male in 25 years to medal on that event at a world championship competition. Boudia also medaled in three other international competitions 2011. Another of Soldati’s divers, Danny Cox, represented the United States at the 2011 World University Games.
Soldati has already won two other 2011 Coach of the Year honors, as he was named the Big Ten Men’s Diving Coach of the Year and the NCAA Men’s Diving Coach of the Year, receiving both honors for the third time. Five of his Purdue University divers qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2011, with four of them earning All-American honors and Boudia winning two NCAA titles.
U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2011 Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The finalists in each category were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals.