Tom Brands has signed a five-year contract to remain as head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa, the Hawkeyes announced Tuesday.
The contract, which extends through the 2016-17 season, includes a combination of guaranteed income and performance incentives. The average annual guaranteed income over the length of the agreement is $225,000. In addition, the performance incentives include compensation for academics, longevity, and competitive benchmarks.
A statement issued by Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta declared, “the five-year agreement is competitive with the elite programs in the country.”
“I appreciate the support Gary Barta and President Sally Mason have continued to show the Iowa wrestling program,” said Brands. “This commitment goes beyond me. It extends to our student-athletes, assistant coaches, support staff and fans. It is important we realize the responsibility that comes with representing the University of Iowa, and we’re committed to doing so.”
Tom Brands’ connection to Iowa wrestling as an athlete and coach goes back more than two decades. As a Hawkeye wrestler, Brands was a four-time NCAA All-American, and three-time NCAA and Big Ten champ. He was named Outstanding Wrestler of the 1992 NCAA championships. Brands graduated from Iowa in 1992 with a career record of 158-7-2.
Brands served as an assistant coach at Iowa for twelve seasons before taking the head coaching position at Virginia Tech for two years. In 2006, the native of Sheldon, Iowa returned to his alma mater to take the helm of the Hawkeye wrestling program. In his six seasons as head coach, Brands has led Iowa to three Big Ten and three NCAA team titles, with seven NCAA individual champions, 10 Big Ten titlewinners and 34 All-Americans. Brands’ coaching record at Iowa stands at 107-9-2.
Additional honors for Brands include winning the gold medal in freestyle at 66 kg/136.5 pounds at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001.
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