TOM BRANDS

1996 Olympic gold medalist
1993 World Champion
Three-time NCAA Champion (1990, 1991, 1992)
Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships
Four-time All-American (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
NCAA team titles in 1991 and 1992.
Three-time Big Ten Champion (1989, 1991, 1992)
National Wrestling Hall of Fame

 

NCAA CHAMPIONS under Brands

2019 Spencer Lee (125)
2018 Spencer Lee (125)
2017 Cory Clark (133)
2014 Tony Ramos (133)
2013 Derek St. John (157)
2012 Matt McDonough (125)
2010 Matt McDonough (125)
2010 Brent Metcalf (149)
2010 Jay Borschel (174)
2008 Brent Metcalf (149)
2008 Mark Perry (165)
2007 Mark Perry (165)

“Wrestling at Iowa is a lifestyle. It’s practiced every day in the classroom, in the household, in the community, and on the mat. Our administration knows it. Our fans expect it. And we love it.”

Tom Brands

COACHING HONORS

2008, 2009, 2010, 2020 Big Ten Coach of the Year
2008, 2020 NWCA Coach of the Year
2000 NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year
2002, 2003 USA Wrestling Freestyle Coach of the Year
2002 Walter Camp national Coach of the Year
2000 NWCA Assistant Coach of the Year

THE MECCA

Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of Brands’ 14 seasons, setting an NCAA all-time attendance average of 12,568 in 2019-20. During that time, Carver-Hawkeye Arena has hosted the 2012 and 2016 United States Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, and the 2018 UWW World Cup, and Kinnick Stadium hosted the record-setting Grapple on the Gridiron in 2015.

Brands led Iowa to Big Ten tournament titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2020, and 19 Big Ten individual champions since 2007. The Hawkeyes won Big Ten dual titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2020. Brands’ wrestlers have earned 129 Academic All-Big Ten honors.

TEAM USA

Brands was 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1993 world champion. He has coached 20 Olympic and World Team members

IOWA DOMINATION

Brands is 15-0 all-time against Iowa State, winning Dan Gable Traveling Trophy every year since its inception in 2010.