Two-time World Champion and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Terry Brands is in his 18th season on the University of Iowa staff. Brands was promoted to associate head coach in 2011 after serving two stints (2008-10 and 1992-2000) as an assistant coach at Iowa. During the last seven seasons, Brands has helped Iowa to two NCAA and three Big Ten team titles, crowning six NCAA champions, 40 All-Americans, nine Big Ten champions and 46 academic all-Big Ten honorees. Iowa owns a 118-10-1 dual record since Brands returned to the staff in 2008.
Brands was one of the nation’s greatest freestyle wrestlers, winning World titles in 1993 in Toronto, Canada, and in 1995 in Atlanta, GA, at 125.5 pounds (57 kg). Won World Team titles s a member of the 1993 and 1995 U.S. World Teams. In 1993, he won a world title the same year his brother, Tom, was a World champion at 136.5 pounds (62 kg). They became the first U.S. brother to win a World Title during the same year. Terry was named 1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year, 1993 John Smith Freestyle Wrestler of the Year and 1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year.
Brands was a two-time NCAA champion, three-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion for the Hawkeyes (1989-92) at 126 pounds. He ended his career at Iowa with a 137-7 record. He ranks fourth in single-season victories (43 – 1990-91), and fifth in career winning percentage (.951) and career wins (137). He ranks sixth in career pins (48) and 10th in single-season pins (18 – 1990-91). He is one of 19 Hawkeyes in program history to post an undefeated season record, going 35-0 in 1991-92.