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Contracts extended for Hawkeyes' Brands, staff

Contracts extended for Hawkeyes' Brands, staff


Iowa coach Tom Brands holds back his brother, assistant coach Terry Brands, while watching the Hawkeyes' Sam Stoll wrestle in a 2017 dual against Illinois at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Both coaches, along with assistant Ryan Morningstar, have agreed to contract extensions through 2026.

Looking to sustain success in a wrestling program which currently ranks first in the country, Iowa has extended the coaching contracts of the Hawkeyes’ staff through the 2025-26 season.

Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta announced Wednesday that 14th-year coach Tom Brands and Hawkeye assistants Terry Brands and Ryan Morningstar had agreed to contract extensions that will keep them on the job in Iowa City.

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

The new deal would take Tom Brands through his 20th season leading the Hawkeye program.

In his first 13 years as Iowa’s head coach, he has won three NCAA team titles, four Big Ten championships and has compiled a dual record of 229-23-1 heading into Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. dual at Carver-Hawkeye Arena against Minnesota.

Iowa has crowned 12 NCAA individual champions and has had 72 individuals earn all-American honors since Brands took over the program in 2006 after coaching two years at Virginia Tech. He had worked as an assistant at Iowa for 12 seasons prior to leaving to become the Hokies’ head coach.

Terry Brands is currently in his 22nd season at Iowa, working as an assistant coach from 1992-2000 and returning to the Hawkeye program in 2009 as an assistant coach. He has held the title of associate head coach since 2011.

Morningstar, like Tom and Terry Brands, competed collegiately for Iowa. He has been a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff since 2012.


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