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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 16-1 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
2015 Iowa 11-0 6-0 2nd
Iowa Totals 9 years 157-15-1 64-6 (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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The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:15:00 -0700

Wempen announced Friday that he verbally committed to wrestle for the Hawkeyes and head coach Tom Brands. Wempen was a four-time state medalist for Linn-Mar, winning the Class 3A 106-pound title in 2012. “I've been going down there for practice ...

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:17:26 -0700

Schamberger said the local group, that included legendary wrestler and coach Dan Gable, Iowa head coach and Olympic champion Tom Brands, Cornell Coach Mike Duroe and UI's Les Steenlage, had a vision to create a lasting home for the event here.

University of Iowa Athletics

University of Iowa Athletics
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:48:45 -0700

The Hawkeyes were paced by the Tom Brands' wrestling team scoring 90 points off its second place finish at the national championships, 64 points from JD Reive's men's gymnastics team's sixth place finish at its national championships, 64 points as a ...


Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:28:48 -0800

The #1 ranked Iowa wrestlers already proved they can win a big match away from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, knocking off #2 Minnesota Friday at Williams Arena. Sunday, the Hawks wrestle at Penn State, home of the 4-time defending champion Nittany Lions.

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:27:02 -0800

IOWA CITY – In an epic 50 freestyle swim race, Tom Brands edged brother Terry by just over a second Friday night to win family bragging rights. Tom, the Iowa Head Wrestling Coach, is a 3-time NCAA wrestling champion and Olympic Gold medalist, while ...
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:02:30 -0700

The annual I-Club outing featuring University of Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery and Hawkeye wrestling coach Tom Brands is May 11 at Sunnyside Country Club in Waterloo. Golf and dinner cost $100 or dinner only is available for $40. Golf ...


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 ...


Sun, 09 Nov 2014 12:50:20 -0800

Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story reported incorrectly the timing of Tom Brands' interview with Team Foxcatcher. He interviewed about seven months after graduating. Kevin Jackson saw the paranoia. He saw the drug-riddled ...

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