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Tom Brands
Tom  Brands

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater, Year:
University of Iowa, 1992

05/10/2016

Burak, Meyer Earn NWCA Academic Honor

Burak earns third career national honor, Meyer earns first

03/19/2016

Hawkeyes Shutout in NCAA Finals

Gilman, Clark, Sorensen finish runner-up at NCAA Championships

03/18/2016

Reservations for 3 in NCAA Finals

Gilman, Clark, Sorensen advance to national championship bouts

03/06/2016

Clark, Brooks Crowned B1G Champions

Hawkeyes place second at 2016 conference tournament

03/05/2016

4 Hawkeyes Advance to B1G Finals

Clark, Sorensen, Brooks, Burak compete for title Sunday

03/18/2016

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Session III

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Session III Friday, March 18, 2016

03/18/2016

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Session IV

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Session IV Friday, March 18, 2016

03/17/2016

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Session II

NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Session II Thursday, March 17, 2016

03/05/2016

Big Ten Wrestling Session 1

Photos from the first session of the 2016 Big Ten Wrestling Tournament at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

01/29/2016

No. 2 Iowa 34, No. 23 Minnesota 6

No. 2 Iowa 34, No. 23 Minnesota 6 Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Tom Brands enters his 11th season as head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. A 1996 Olympic gold medalist and member of wrestling’s Hall of Fame, Brands is only the eighth wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. The former Hawkeye wrestler was a four-time All-American and three-time national champion (1989-92) at Iowa. He has a 179-17-1 (.911) overall and 76-6 (.927) Big Ten coaching record at Iowa, and a 196-37-1 (.840) career mark.

In 10 seasons as Iowa’s head coach, Brands has led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA and four Big Ten team titles, crowning nine NCAA champions, 13 Big Ten champions and 56 All-Americans. Iowa has had 80 academic all-Big Ten recipients, including a school-record 12 in 2011-12. The Hawkeyes have qualified 91 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships in the last 10 years, sending the entire 10-man lineup in 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015. Iowa has also won or shared eight of the last nine Big Ten regular season titles.

Iowa also made another entry in the record books, setting the national collegiate dual meet attendance record of 42,287 when Iowa defeated top-ranked Oklahoma State, 18-16, on Nov. 14, 2016 at the Grapple on the Gridiron at Kinnick Statdium. Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of Brands’ 10 seasons, setting an NCAA all-time attendance average of 12,166 in 2015-16.

Brands was named 2008 NWCA Coach of the Year after leading the Hawkeyes to their first NCAA team title since 2000 and their first Big Ten team title since 2004. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, becoming the first coach in conference history to earn the honor in three consecutive seasons.

Brands served as head coach at Virginia Tech University for two seasons (2005-06), recording a 17-20 dual mark. In his first season with the Hokies, Brands led the team to the 2005 regular season Atlantic Coast Conference title, set a school record for dual meet wins (16) and had a school-record five wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Championships. During his tenure, Virginia Tech crowned five ACC champions and had two All-Americans. Senior heavyweight Mike Faust was named 2006 ACC Wrestler of the Year.

Prior to taking the helm at Virginia Tech, Brands was an assistant coach at Iowa for 12 seasons (1993-2004). He helped the Hawkeyes to a 177-27 dual record, seven NCAA and eight Big Ten team titles, while crowning 23 NCAA champions, 73 All-Americans and 36 Big Ten champions. He was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.

In 2004, he was one of three coaches for the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team, participating in Athens. Brands also served as assistant coach for the U.S. Freestyle World Teams in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He was named Freestyle Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling in 2002 and 2003. He has coached a number of other U.S. teams in international competition.

As a competitor, Brands won the 1996 Olympic freestyle gold medal at 136.5 pounds in Atlanta, GA. He also won a gold medal at the 1993 World Freestyle Championships in Toronto, two World Cup gold medals (1994, 1995) and was the 1995 Pan American Games champion. He won four U.S. National titles (1993-96) and made four straight U.S. World or Olympic teams (1993-96). Along with his twin brother, Terry, Tom was named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, the 1993 John Smith Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler, and 1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year. He was inducted into wrestling’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

Brands was a four-time All-American at Iowa (1989-92). During his Hawkeye career, he won three NCAA titles and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships. Also a three-time Big Ten champion, Brands won 95 percent of his matches at Iowa. His career mark of 158-7-2 includes an undefeated season in 1991 (45-0).

The Sheldon, Iowa, native was born April 9, 1968. He earned his B.S. degree in physical education from Iowa in 1992. He and his wife, Jeni, have three children, Madigan, Kinsee and Tommy.

Brands At Iowa

Overall Dual Big Ten Dual Big Ten NCAA Big Ten NCAA All- NCAA Academic
Year Record Record Place Place Champions Champions Americans Qualifiers All-Big Ten
2006-07 14-5-0 5-3 3rd 8th 1 1 3 8 4
2007-08 21-1-0 8-0 1st 1st 1 2 7 9 6
2008-09 24-0-0 8-0 1st 1st 2 0 5 9 9
2009-10 23-0-0 8-0 1st 1st 2 3 8 10 5
2010-11 15-0-1 8-0 2nd 3rd 2 0 5 9 10
2011-12 14-4 6-2 3rd 3rd 2 1 6 8 12
2012-13 20-3 8-0 3rd 4th 0 1 4 9 7
2013-14 15-2 7-1 2nd 4th 1 1 6 10 8
2014-15 17-1 9-0 T-1st 2nd 0 0 6 10 9
2015-16 16-1 9-0 2nd 5th 2 0 6 9 10
Total 179-17-1 76-6 13 9 56 91 80

National Champions (9)
Jay Borschel (2010)
Matt McDonough (2010, 2012)
Brent Metcalf (2008-10)
Mark Perry (2007-08)
Tony Ramos (2014)
Derk St. John (2013)

NCAA Finalists (21)
Jay Borschel (2010)
Cory Clark (2015, 2016)
Daniel Dennis (2010)
Thomas Gilman (2016)
Montell Marion (2010, 2012)
Matt McDonough (2010-11-12)
Brent Metcalf (2008-09-10)
Mark Perry (2007-08)
Tony Ramos (2013-14)
Joe Slaton (2008)
Brandon Sorensen (2016)
Derek St. John (2012, 2013)

All-Americans (56)
Jay Borschel (2008-10)
Sammy Brooks (2016)
Nathan Burak (2014-15-16)
Cory Clark (2014-15-16)
Daniel Dennis (2009-10)
Dan Erekson (2009-10)
Mike Evans (2013-14-15)
Charlie Falck (2007-08)
Matt Fields (2008)
Grant Gambrall (2011)
Thomas Gilman (2015-16)
Phillip Keddy (2008-09-10)
Ethen Lofthouse (2012-13)
Luke Lofthouse (2011)
Eric Luedke (2007)
Montell Marion (2010-11-12)
Matt McDonough (2010-11-12)
Brent Metcalf (2008-09-10)
Alex Meyer (2016)
Ryan Morningstar (2009-10)
Mark Perry (2007-08)
Tony Ramos (2012-13-14)
Derek St. John (2011-12-13-14)
Joe Slaton (2008)
Brandon Sorensen (2015-16)
Bobby Telford (2012-14-15)

Big Ten Champions (13)
Jay Borschel (2010)
Sammy Brooks (2016)
Cory Clark (2016)
Dan Erekson (2009-10)
Matt McDonough (2011-12)
Brent Metcalf (2008-09)
Mark Perry (2007)
Tony Ramos (2014)
Blake Rasing (2011)
Derek St. John (2012)

NCAA Qualifiers(91)
Mark Ballweg (2013)
Chad Beatty (2009-10)
Jay Borschel (2008-09-10)
Sammy Brooks (2015-16)
Nathan Burak (2013-14-15-16)
Cory Clark (2014-15-16)
Edwin Cooper, Jr. (2016) Daniel Dennis (2009-10)
Josh Dziewa (2014-15)
Dan Erekson (2009-10)
Mike Evans (2012-13-14-15)
Charlie Falck (2007-08-09)
Matt Fields (2007-08)
Mario Galanakis (2007)
Grant Gambrall (2011-12)
Thomas Gilman (2015-16) Brody Grothus (2014)
Aaron Janssen (2011)
Phillip Keddy (2007-08-09-10)
Michael Kelly (2015)
Jake Kerr (2010)
Dan LeClere (2008)
Ethen Lofthouse (2011-12-13-14)
Luke Lofthouse (2011)
Eric Luedke (2007)
Montell Marion (2010-11-12)
Matt McDonough (2010-11-12-13)
Brent Metcalf (2008-09-10)
Alex Meyer (174)
Nick Moore ((2013-14-15)
Ryan Morningstar (2007-08-09-10)
Mark Perry (2007-08)
Tony Ramos (2011-12-13-14)
Blake Rasing (2011)
Patrick Rhoads (2016)
Derek St. John (2011-12-13-14)
Joe Slaton (2008)
Brandon Sorensen (2015-16)
Sam Stoll (2016)
Bobby Telford (2012-13-14-15)
Alex Tsirtsis (2007-09)

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