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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
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]

References[edit]

  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. 

External links[edit]


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The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:39:34 -0800

Iowa head coach Tom Brands gives instructions to Iowa's Josh Dziewa as he wrestles Northwestern's Jameson Oster during their 141 lbs. match of an NCAA Big Ten Conference dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

USA TODAY

USA TODAY
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:23:03 -0800

"You're not going to get me to say that we're going to define our season or continue to spiral," Hawkeye coach Tom Brands said after the Missouri loss. Mark Ironside, a two-time NCAA champion for Iowa in the late 1990s, is in his 14th season as radio ...

DesMoinesRegister.com

DesMoinesRegister.com
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:52:30 -0800

The roundtable includes University of Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley, University of Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands and University of Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder. Nate Kaeding, the part-owner in Shorts Burger & Shine and former ...

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

whotv.com
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 ...

Quad City Times

Quad City Times
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:22:30 -0800

“I think we wrestled to survive and I don't know if your best chance to win is to try to survive,'' Iowa coach Tom Brands said. “Your best chance to win is to go out and score points and to put the energy into that simple task. We need to do a better ...

GoPSUsports.com

GoPSUsports.com
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:15:24 -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 ...
 
Muscatine Journal
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:56:15 -0800

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Tom Brands won't let one misstep define the top-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team. The Hawkeyes fell for the first time this season Sunday, humbled 18-12 by second-rated Missouri in the championship match of the National ...
 
On The Banks (blog)
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:07:30 -0800

Iowa head coach Tom Brands said it was just tough, hard-nosed wrestling. "They rode tough on top and they control tied us to death. They weren't rides where they have tricks. They are hard, driving forward type rides. They came in to beat us and they ...
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