Brands Signs 5-Year Deal to Stay at Iowa


July 17th, 2012 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands has signed a new five-year contract that will pay him $225,000 a year.

Brands has been Iowa’s coach since 2006, leading the Hawkeyes to three straight national titles from 2008-10. Iowa has also led the nation in home attendance in each of Brands’s six seasons at Iowa.

Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says he believes Brands is the best wrestling coach in the country, adding that he thinks the program’s future is bright under Brands’s leadership.

Brands’s new deal will run through the 2016-17 season.