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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 a former American Olympic wrestler and is currently the head wrestling coach for the University of Iowa. He won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1]

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. [2]


  1. ^ Litsky, Frank (August 3, 1996). "Brands's Intensity Salvages Day for U.S.". New York Times. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tom Brands Profile". hawkeyesports.com. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 

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Quad City Times

Quad City Times
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Tom Brands missed lunch in the Quad-Cities on Monday in order to feast on a recruiting haul in Pennsylvania. The Iowa wrestling coach sent assistant coach Terry Brands to speak in his place at the Davenport Grid Club because of a recruiting priority in ...
Quad City Times
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:48:45 -0700

“For guys like Mike Evans, Josh Dziewa, Nick Moore, Bobby Telford, this is it,'' Brands said Monday, filling in for coach Tom Brands as the speaker at the Davenport Grid Club luncheon. “They have one last chance to have their hand raised at the NCAA meet.
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:03:45 -0700

The key, Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands says, is for his athletes to eat in moderation. That's no different from before. “I think if you look at from a perk point of view, it's positive,” Brands said. “Whether you're in a weight-controlled sport or ...


Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:28:46 -0700

That's when he took a seat in Tom Brands' office and the Iowa coach asked Erickson what he thought about becoming a Hawkeye. "It was almost like a check-in line to what's (going to happen)," said Erickson, who selected the Hawkeyes over Minnesota and ...
Indiana Gazette
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:00:00 -0700

If Young's lofty plans come to fruition, he'll become the first area wrestler to compete for Iowa, a perennial Big Ten juggernaut that's coached by Olympic gold medalist Tom Brands. “It's pretty cool,” Young said. “Iowa loves wrestling and so do I, so ...
UI The Daily Iowan
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0700

It's mere mention conjuring the memories of Dan Gable and Tom Brands winning national championships and Olympic gold medals. For Blythe, Iowa's starting center, the thought of the sport recalls one of the most successful careers in the history of Iowa ...


Black Heart Gold Pants
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 05:56:15 -0700

(Although since Kemerer is a senior this year and Young is a junior, Kemerer will technically be the one paving the way for Young -- and hopefully future Young Guns -- at Iowa.) Just like it surely didn't hurt to have Tom Brands show up at a Young Guns ...
The Patriot-News - PennLive.com
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:15:00 -0700

Kemerer, 118-9 thus far and a three-time PIAA runner-up, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a personal visit from Iowa coach Tom Brands on Monday sealed the deal. He's projected at 141 or 149 in college and chose the Hawkeyes over Cornell, ...

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