IOWA CITY, Iowa — The National Wrestling Coaches Association has named University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands as the NWCA National Coach of the Year.
The 2020 Hawkeyes were favored to win their fourth NCAA title under Brands. Iowa entered the 2020 NCAA Championships with three top seeds, including Hodge Trophy winner Spencer Lee, nine wrestlers seeded eighth or better, and another seeded 11th. A team title would have been the 24th in program history.
The Hawkeyes were ranked at the top of every national poll this season, posting a 13-0 dual record and 9-0 Big Ten Conference record.
The honor is the second of Brands’ career. He first won the award in 2008 following Iowa’s national championship.