Tom Brands signs 3-year contract extension

Chad Leistikow

The University of Iowa has extended the contract of head wrestling coach Tom Brands through the 2019-20 season, the school announced Thursday afternoon.

Terms of the three-year extension were not immediately disclosed.

“Tom continues to lead one of the most successful programs in the country in any sport,” athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. “He demonstrates tremendous passion for his program, and is an excellent ambassador for the University of Iowa and this community.”

Under the terms of Brands’ previous contract, which he signed in 2012 and was scheduled to run through 2017, he earned $345,000 in the 2014-15 season – $225,000 from guaranteed pay ($160,000 base salary, $65,000 for TV/radio/I-Club commitments), a $55,000 longevity bonus and $60,000 in competitive bonuses (including Midlands and Big Ten championships, plus a top-three NCAA finish). That figure does not include any money earned through summer camps or academic performance bonuses.

In the nine years since Brands was hired to replace Jim Zalesky, Iowa has won three NCAA championships (in 2008, ’09 and ’10). Brands has compiled a 163-16-1 dual record in that time and has won four Big Ten titles, including a co-championship last season with Ohio State. The Hawkeyes finished runner-up to Ohio State at the NCAAs, marking Iowa’s eighth consecutive top-four national finish.

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