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AMES – Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser announced on Thursday that he has dismissed associate head coach Mike Zadick.

Zadick was an assistant under Dresser at Virginia Tech for two seasons before Dresser brought Zadick to Ames with him. Zadick coached at Iowa for 10 years until 2012 when he left coaching for four years.

“I’ve decided to go in a different direction with our coaching staff as we continue to re-build the Iowa State program,” Dresser said according to a release sent out by Iowa State Athletics. “There isn’t a better guy to teach wrestling technique than Mike, but we had some significant differences of opinion and it is best that we part ways. Mike was given the opportunity to run our practice room and have substantial input on all elements of the program. At the end of the day, however, I’m the leader of this program and our staff has to be aligned and unified.”

Derek St. John and Brent Metcalf will assume Zadick’s duties until Dresser names a replacement for Zadick.

Iowa State’s season starts Nov. 3, and Dresser said he’s begun a national search for Zadick’s replacement.

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