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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 (2nd) T-42nd
2006 Virginia Tech 1-16 1-4 (5th) 29th
2007 Iowa 14-5 5-3 (3rd) 8th
2008 Iowa 21-1 8-0 (1st) 1st
2009 Iowa 24-0 8-0 (1st) 1st
2010 Iowa 23-0 8-0 (1st) 1st
2011 Iowa 14-0-1 8-0 (2nd) 3rd
2012 Iowa 10-3-1 5-3 3rd
2013 Iowa 11-0 2-0
Iowa Totals 7 years 118-9-2 44-6 (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]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]


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5 news items

 
Mason City Globe Gazette
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:22:30 -0700

CLEAR LAKE | University of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery, wrestling coach Tom Brands and women's basketball assistant coach Lacey Goldwire will be the featured speakers at the annual North Iowa I-Club spring banquet at The Surf Ballroom ...
 
Black Heart Gold Pants
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:49:40 -0700

I don't believe for a second that the message that Tom Brands preaches to his wrestlers has changed -- he still emphasizes aggression, attacking your opponent, and going to your offense. Similarly, I have no reason to believe that that's not what's ...
 
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (blog)
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:55:16 -0700

“I'm watching film. I'm lifting and doing cardio to stay in shape.” Ramos will continue to work with World champions Terry and Tom Brands. He expects to contribute to the Hawkeyes wrestling program while contending for a World and Olympic title and ...
 
KCHA News
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:37:15 -0700

“He put together five matches in the 'W' column,” said UI head coach Tom Brands. “The match was similar where you have to ride to win. The way this one went was overtime, the Big Ten final with Graff was ride him out in the third period. We ride him ...
 
Mason City Globe Gazette
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:43:27 -0700

CLEAR LAKE | University of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery, wrestling coach Tom Brands and women's basketball assistant coach Lacey Goldwire will be the featured speakers at the annual North Iowa I-Club spring banquet at the Surf Ballroom.
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