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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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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:15:00 -0700

Bonnie Brands Iowa City, Iowa — Former Sheldon resident, and the mother of Olympic medalists Tom and Terry Brands has written a book chronicling her adventures in raising her twin Olympians. The book, entitled, “I'm The Mom” tells the story of the ...

Quad City Times

Quad City Times
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 18:14:31 -0700

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Iowa walked away from the Big Ten Wrestling Championships on Sunday with a piece of the first-place trophy and a lot of questions. "There are a lot of 'what ifs' for us," coach Tom Brands said after the Hawkeyes battled host Ohio State ...

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UI The Daily Iowan
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0700

“We reverted to old habits, and he reverted back to not setting guys up, and that's not where he's best,” Iowa head coach Tom Brands said. “When you set things up, even if you don't get that first takedown, the way you come off the bottom — you get ...


Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:29:26 -0700

"I don't think you talk about 2009 specifically," Iowa coach Tom Brands said. "You talk about what can happen and what we have to do to control what we can control. I think a lot of times in tournaments like this programs look for help. We don't ...
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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:34:04 -0700

This time, there was no tie. There was no awkward joint trophy-holding between Tom Brands and Tom Ryan. There were no wildly disparate reactions from the winning teams. Unlike the Big Ten Tournament two weeks ago, there were no winning teams ...

Iowa City Press Citizen

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:32:39 -0700

Three University of Iowa wrestlers, who have burglary charges pending against them for a string of vehicle break-ins last week in Marion, were suspended from the team by coach Tom Brands on Monday. Ross Lembeck, Logan Ryan and Seth Gross — three ...

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UI The Daily Iowan
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 02:00:00 -0700

For Tom Brands and the Iowa wrestling team, it is second place when a title was within their reach. The silver NCAA trophy they received for their finish at the national tournament is a symbol of that feeling, a reminder of how bittersweet those three ...

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:18:45 -0700

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