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Tom Brands
Medal record
Men's wrestling
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta Freestyle (– 62 kg)
World Championships
Gold 1993 Toronto Freestyle (– 62 kg)
Pan American Games
Gold 1995 Mar del Plata Freestyle (– 62 kg)

Tom Brands (born April 9, 1968 in Omaha, Nebraska) is American college wrestling coach and is currently the head wrestling coach for the University of Iowa. He won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

An intense competitor, Brands' wrestling career with the University of Iowa included a record of 158-7-2 and an undefeated season in 1991 where he was 45-0. He was a four-time All-American, three-time NCAA Champion, three-time Big Ten Conference Champion, and Outstanding Wrestler at the 1992 NCAA Tournament. His brother, Terry, was also a standout at Iowa.

Internationally, Brands won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in freestyle at 136.5 pounds; a gold medal at the 1993 World Freestyle Championships in Toronto; two World Cup gold medals (1994 and 1995); and the gold at the 1995 Pan American Games. He won four U.S. Nationals titles (1993–96) and made four straight U.S. World or Olympic teams (1993–96). He was named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, 1993 John Smith Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler, and 1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001.

Coaching career[edit]

Brands served 12 seasons as assistant coach for the Hawkeyes, from 1993 to 2004. Brands was named National Wrestling Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000. He also served as head coach at Virginia Tech for two seasons. He set a record for most dual victories in a season with 16 in 2005 while taking the Atlantic Coast Conference title and crowning 5 individual conference champions. In the spring of 2006, Tom Brands returned to the University of Iowa as head coach. Brands led the Hawkeyes to national titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Year Team Overall Record Conference Record NCAA Finish
2005 Virginia Tech 16-4 5-0 T-42nd
2006 Virginia Tech 1-16 1-4 29th
2007 Iowa 14-5 5-3 8th
2008 Iowa 21-1 8-0 1st
2009 Iowa 24-0 8-0 1st
2010 Iowa 23-0 8-0 1st
2011 Iowa 15-0-1 8-0 3rd
2012 Iowa 14-4 6-2 3rd
2013 Iowa 20-3 8-0 4th
2014 Iowa 15-2 7-1 4th
Iowa Totals 8 years 146-15-1 58-6 (3 Titles) 3 Titles

Personal Info[edit]

Widely known for his intensity and aggressive style on the mat, he and his twin brother Terry were both coached by Dan Gable. Brands has authored several instructional VHS/DVD products that teach and advocate his "in-your-face" style of wrestling.

Brands grew up in Sheldon, Iowa and holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of Iowa. He is married and has three children, two daughters and a son. [1]


  1. ^ "Tom Brands Profile". hawkeyesports.com. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:11:15 -0700

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Courtesy Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling) - Tom Brands and Cael Sanderson have been named as volunteer U.S. Freestyle World Team Coaches for the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The men's ...
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He's believed to be the first wrestler to commit to Iowa coach Tom Brands before wrestling a match as a high school junior. "That was really one of his dream schools that he said he wanted to go to," Strittmatter said. "It doesn't surprise me (he ...

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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:37:30 -0700

Since taking over the Penn State program before the 2009-10 season, coach Cael Sanderson has gone 2-3 against Tom Brands' Hawkeyes. The two programs have combined to win the past seven NCAA team championships, with Penn State winning the ...
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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0700

But Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands and men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery make their athletes wear helmets if they use scooters. Ferentz can, too. It was big-time fortunate when Koeppel survived his moped accident without serious injury. “We've had ...


Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:46:42 -0700

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:28:46 -0700

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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:22:30 -0700

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tom Brands and Cael Sanderson have been named as volunteer U.S. Freestyle World Team Coaches for the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The men's wrestling competition is September 8-9.

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