Iowa extends contracts for Tom Brands, two assistants

Tom Brands, Terry Brands, and Ryan Morningstar will remain in Iowa City through the 2026 wrestling season.


Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa coaches Terry (left) and Tom Brands gesture toward the officials during a wrestling dual meet between Iowa and Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The Hawkeyes defeated the Huskers, 26-6.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

Iowa wrestling coaches Tom Brands, Terry Brands, and Ryan Morningstar have agreed to contract extensions to remain in Iowa City through the 2026 wrestling season, Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta announced Wednesday.

“We have great confidence in Tom, Terry, and Ryan,” Barta said in a release. “They are committed to building on the current momentum and operating within our ‘Win. Graduate. Do it Right.’ philosophy.”

Tom Brands is in his 14th season as Iowa’s head wrestling coach. He has won three NCAA team titles, four Big Ten Championships, and owns a dual record of 229-23-1 (.908). Iowa has crowned 12 NCAA individual champions and earned 72 All-America honors since 2007.

Iowa has led the nation in attendance in each of Tom Brands’ 13 seasons, and the University of Iowa announced Feb. 5 the Carver Circle fundraising campaign to build a new wrestling training facility south of Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Terry Brands is in his 22nd season on Iowa’s staff. He was an assistant coach from 1992-2000, and returned to the staff in 2009. He has held the title of associate head coach since 2011.

Morningstar has served as an assistant coach since 2012.

The Hawkeyes are currently the top-ranked team in the nation, boasting a record of 11-0.

Iowa’s 2020 lineup includes 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 10, seven ranked in the top five, and two ranked at the top of their respective weight classes, including Spencer Lee at 125 and Michael Kemerer at 174.

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