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Diving's Soldati & Polo's Krikorian are USOC Coach of Year nominees
Adam Soldati (Diving) & Adam Krikorian (Water Polo) nominated for USOC Coach of the Year
 
U.S. Olympic Committee announces finalists for Coach of the Year awards
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee today unveiled finalists for its 2012 Coach of the Year awards. Finalists were selected in five categories, including National Coach of the Year, Paralympic National Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year and the Doc Councilman Science Award.
 
All five recipients will be announced during an awards dinner on Friday, June 21, at the conclusion of the 2013 National Coaching Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. 
 
U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2012 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, and must be actively coaching or within one year of retirement to be eligible for the award.
 
The 2012 finalists:
 
National Coach of the Year
Adam Krikorian - Water Polo
Mike Krzyzewski - Basketball
Adam Soldati - Diving
Chip White - Skiing
 
 
National Coach of the Year finalists
The National Coach of the Year is presented to a coach of an elite-level club, collegiate or national-level team, or the coach of an elite athlete who competes at the highest level of his/her sport.
 
 
Adam Krikorian - Water Polo
Since taking over the reins of the U.S. Women's Senior National Water Polo Team in March 2009, Krikorian has been nearly perfect, leading the U.S. to a world championship, world cup and Pan American Games title - and most recently, capturing the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, which marked the program's seventh world title in the last four years. The historic performance marked the first Olympic gold for the women's team, which finished the 2012 season with a 34-4-1 record.
 
Additionally, Krikorian added his fourth straight FINA World League title last summer. For his efforts, he was recognized with the Sandy Nitta Distinguished Women's Coaching Award, which is presented annually in honor of the top-performance by a coach of an elite women's program.
 
 
Adam Soldati - Diving
Making his Olympic coaching debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Adam Soldati - a 2012 World Cup coach and David Boudia's personal coach in London - helped make USA Diving history, leading Boudia to the program's first Olympic gold medal in men's 10-meter platform since 1988 and the first Olympic medal (bronze) in men's synchronized 10-meter diving. The gold-medal performance earned Boudia USA Diving Athlete of the Year honors, while Soldati was named USA Diving's National Coach of the Year.
 
Currently in his eighth year as the head diving coach at Purdue University, Soldati has played a key role in advancing the sport by incorporating NCAA diving initiatives with national team objectives. His efforts in this area have inspired other coaches to do the same, causing a cultural shift that has many collegiate programs scheduling international meets to enhance solidarity with the elite NGB level. Soldati's method is manifest in Boudia's success on the NCAA, world and Olympic stage.