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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 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. [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, 13 Dec 2014 15:15:00 -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 ...
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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:37:30 -0800

Nelson's uncle, Tom Brands, is a World and Olympic gold medalist, and is the head coach for the Hawkeyes. Despite his family background, Nelson Brands did not feel pressured into wrestling. “Since my dad is the associate head coach for Iowa, most ...

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Hawkeye wrestling coach Tom Brands and his brother, Iowa assistant Terry Brands, will compete in a 50-yard freestyle swimming challenge during intermission of the Iowa-Iowa State dual in women's swimming beginning at 6 p.m. The honorary starter for the ...

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Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:41:15 -0800

The exhibition 50-freestyle competition between the Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands and associate head coach Terry Brands brought people to their feet for the intense matchup, and Tom Brands came out on top, finishing at 35.52 seconds. In the end ...
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Last year, Sanderson and Iowa coach Tom Brands effectively scheduled a dual meet at Iowa over Twitter after the Big Ten didn't pair the two heavyweights on the regular-season schedule. Iowa visits Bryce Jordan Center Feb. 8 and the match is a sellout.
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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:07:30 -0800

“I don't know how maybe became yes so quick, but Marc Long is a marketing genius, so good for him,” Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands told media last week, “That's what I told him, too. Good for you, man. Don't take maybe for a no. Take it for a yes.”.


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Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:11:15 -0800

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