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Iowa's Tom Brands named volunteer Olympic coach

This will be his second coaching assignment with U.S. team

Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands, answering a question during the coaches’ news conference at Madison Square Garden before the NCAA wrestling tournament in March, is one of three volunteer Olympic coaches with the U.S. freestyle team. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Iowa wrestling coach Tom Brands, answering a question during the coaches’ news conference at Madison Square Garden before the NCAA wrestling tournament in March, is one of three volunteer Olympic coaches with the U.S. freestyle team. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands has been named a volunteer coach for the United States Olympic Wrestling Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The announcement was made Wednesday by USA Wrestling. The 2016 Olympic freestyle wrestling competition will be held August 19-21 at the Carioca 2 Arena in Rio.

Brands will coach UI All-American and 2016 Olympian Daniel Dennis and work with national freestyle coaches Bruce Burnett, Bill Zadick and Brandon Slay in preparation of the Olympic Games. Nebraska’s Mark Manning and Ohio State’s Lou Rosselli also will serve as volunteer coaches.

This is the second time Brands has coached the United State at the Olympics. He helped lead the U.S. to three medals, including one gold, at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Brands won a gold medal for the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games.

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