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Tom Brands
Tom  Brands

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater, Year:
University of Iowa, 1992

02/12/2016

Hawkeyes Dim Northern Lights in Montana

Iowa scores 50-plus points for fourth time this season

02/10/2016

Match Notes: No. 2 Iowa at Montana State Northern

Hawkeyes visit Havre, Montana, to face Northern Lights

02/03/2016

Match Notes: Hawkeyes host Indiana on Senior Night

No. 2 Hawkeyes host No. 20 Hoosiers at 7 p.m. on Mediacom Mat

02/02/2016

The Next One is the Next Big Deal

Iowa will celebrate senior night and a possible conference title Friday

01/29/2016

Hawkeyes Turn Back the Clock on Gophers

Hawkeyes's 34-6 win is the largest in the series in 24 years

01/29/2016

No. 2 Iowa 34, No. 23 Minnesota 6

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

01/24/2016

No. 2 Iowa 21, No. 11 Nebraska 11

No. 2 Iowa 21, No. 11 Nebraska 11 Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

11/14/2015

No. 4 Iowa 18, No. 1 Oklahoma State 16

Grapple on the Gridiron at Kinnick Stadium

03/21/2015

NCAA Wrestling Championships -- Session V

NCAA Wrestling Championships -- Session V Saturday, March 21, 2015

03/20/2015

NCAA Wrestling Championships -- Session IV

NCAA Wrestling Championships -- Session IV Friday, March 20, 2015

Three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Tom Brands enters his 10th 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 163-16-1 (.908) overall and 67-6 (.918) Big Ten coaching record at Iowa, and a 180-36-1 (.832) career mark.

In nine seasons as Iowa's head coach, Brands has led the Hawkeyes to three NCAA and four Big Ten team titles, crowning nine NCAA champions, 11 Big Ten champions and 50 All-Americans. Iowa has had 70 academic all-Big Ten recipients, including a school-record 12 in 2011-12. The Hawkeyes have qualified 82 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships in the last nine years, sending the entire 10-man lineup in 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015. Iowa has also won or shared seven of the last eight Big Ten regular season titles.

During Brands' tenure, Iowa set school records for longest dual unbeaten (84) and winning streaks (69), longest dual road unbeaten (51) and winning streaks (44), most Carver-Hawkeye Arena victories (11) and most dual shutouts (8).

Iowa also made another entry in the record books, setting the then-national collegiate dual meet attendance record of 15,955 when Iowa defeated Iowa State, 20-15, on Dec. 6, 2008, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of Brands' nine seasons, setting an NCAA all-time attendance average of 9,014 in 2011-12.

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
Total 163-16-1 67-6 11 9 50 80 70

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 (18)
Jay Borschel (2010)
Cory Clark (2015)
Daniel Dennis (2010)
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)
Derek St. John (2012, 2013)

All-Americans (50)
Jay Borschel (2008-10)
Nathan Burak (2014-15)
Cory Clark (2014-15)
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)
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)
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)
Bobby Telford (2012-14-15)

Big Ten Champions (11)
Jay Borschel (2010)
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(82)
Mark Ballweg (2013)
Chad Beatty (2009-10)
Jay Borschel (2008-09-10)
Sammy Brooks (2015)
Nathan Burak (2013-14-15)
Cory Clark (2014-15)
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) 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)
Nick Moore ((2013-14-15)
Ryan Morningstar (2007-08-09-10)
Mark Perry (2007-08)
Tony Ramos (2011-12-13-14)
Blake Rasing (2011)
Derek St. John (2011-12-13-14)
Joe Slaton (2008)
Brandon Sorensen (2015)
Bobby Telford (2012-13-14-15)
Alex Tsirtsis (2007-09)

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