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Tom Brands
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Born April 9, 1968 (1968-04-09) (age 47)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

Tom Brands (born April 9, 1968 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American former 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. Brands also captured conference titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, and was the 2015 co-champions with Ohio State.

During his tenure as Iowa's head coach, Brands has won over 150 duals and coached six wrestlers to individual national titles.

NCAA Champions under Tom Brands

Year Team Overall Record Conference Record NCAA Finish
2005 Virginia Tech 16-4 5-0 T-42nd
2006 Virginia Tech 16-1 4-1 29the
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 (4 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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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:00:00 -0800

Feb. 19, 1990: Iowa 134-pounder Tom Brands, right, tries to prevent Iowa State's Mike Moreno from escaping during Iowa's 29-8 victory at Ames. Brands won 20-7 as Iowa beat ISU for the fourth time of the season. Read or Share this story: http://dmreg.co ...

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:32:14 -0800

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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:53:05 -0800

TOM BRANDS: It was very much a team effort with administration, and it was our brainchild, but we're not the originators. I mean, people have been wrestling outside since the beginning of time, and just so happens it's the first time it's been done in ...

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Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:03:45 -0800

IOWA CITY — With a straight face, University of Iowa Coach Tom Brands said Alex Meyer's name made him smile. It's a line and delivery only Brands can pull off, but you can understand why he likes the junior 174-pounder. “He is everything from a work ...

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:37:30 -0800

“This is the first time he was healthy in the preseason,” Iowa Coach Tom Brands said. “We needed that with our schedule, meaning he was going to be with us from the get-go. That's important. It makes our lineup stronger.” Burak dismissed the idea his ...


Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:33:45 -0800

The second-ranked Hawkeyes are favored to win again Sunday when they tangle with No. 17 Iowa State inside Hilton Coliseum. “I don't pay attention to the (streak) number,” said Iowa coach Tom Brands, who is 10-0 against the Cyclones as a head coach.


Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:45:00 -0700

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands has signed a three-year contract extension through 2019-20. Brands, who won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games, has been at Iowa for nine seasons, winning four Big Ten titles and three NCAA crowns.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:44:58 -0700

Late last week Iowa announced that Tom Brands had signed a contract extension, tying him to the Hawkeyes through the 2019-20 season. Brands previously signed a contract extension approximately three years ago, one that extended his stay in Iowa City ...

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