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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 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. [1]


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

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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 ...
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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Yes - it's USA's 2014 World Team. But still, that was a fun headline to write. Cael and Brands are volunteer assistants for Team USA head coach Bruce Burnett. Brands is the personal coach of Tony Ramos and Brent Metcalf. Cael's the same for Ed Ruth and ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0700

USA WRESTLING: Iowa coach Tom Brands and former Iowa State standout and coach Cael Sanderson were added to the USA Wrestling freestyle coaching staff for next month's World Championships in Uzbekistan. Brands and Sanderson, both Olympic gold ...
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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:18:45 -0700

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State coach Cael Sanderson and Iowa coach Tom Brands have been named as volunteer U.S. Freestyle World Team Coaches for the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The men's wrestling competition ...
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:49:09 -0700

“He was a big fellow that could trap guys,” Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands said via email. “If he put you on your back it was over. “I remember him being a little top-heavy but figured if he learned to hand-fight he would be tough in college ...
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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:01:30 -0700

Tom Brands is almost always a tremendous interview and that's certainly the case here, where he offers some good insight about both guys. Ramos is also entertaining; it's hard to think of another Iowa athlete in the last 5-10 years with more confidence ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:03:45 -0700

Tom Brands took over next. Beatty, with his heart already set on becoming a coach himself someday, found himself in a perfect position, soaking up all the information he could from multiple coaching icons. "Great guy, really good mentor," Beatty said ...
Quad City Times
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:46:09 -0700

Iowa will host the Cliff Keen National Duals for the first time since 1999 and welcome in-state rival Iowa State to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Black Friday as part of a 2014-15 wrestling schedule announced Tuesday. Coach Tom Brands' team will host both ...

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