Staff
Head Coach
Tom Brands

Coach Brands has coached 3 NCAA and 4 Big Ten team titles
crowned 11 NCAA champions, 15 Big Ten champions and 66 All-Americans in his 13 seasons as head coach at Iowa.

As a post-collegiate competitor Brands' accolades include:

1996 Olympic freestyle gold medal
1993 World Freestyle Championship gold medal in Toronto
1994 & 1995 World Cup gold medals
1995 Pan American Games champion
1993-1996 4 U.S. National titles
1993 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year
1993 John Smith Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler
1993 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year
2001 inducted into wrestling's Hall of Fame \

In his time wrestling for the university of Iowa Brands was a 4 time All-American (1989-92), 3 time NCAA champion, 1992 NCAA Outstanding Wrestler and a 3 time Big Ten champion.

Associate Head Coach
Terry Brands

Terry has been associate head coach at Iowa for 11 seasons.

His accolades include:
2 time World Champion
2000 Olympic bronze medalist

1996 2nd in U.S. Nationals
1996 2nd in Olympic Team Trials, falling just short of making the U.S. Olympic Team
1997 & 1999 Qualified for U.S. World Teams (but did not compete due to injury)
2000 won U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 127.75 lbs (58 kg)
2000 Olympic bronze medalist in Sydney, Australia

In his collegiate career from 1989-1992 wrestling at 126 lbs, Terry became a 2 time NCAA champion, 3 time All-American, and a 3 time Big Ten champion with a career record of 137-7.

Assistant Coach
Ryan Morningstar

Morningstar is in his 4th season as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa.
From 2011-2012 he was an assistant coach at Wisconsin.

In his wrestling career:

Had 4 NCAA appearances (2007-10) as a Hawkeye
2009-2010 All-American honors
2008-2010 member of 3 NCAA championship teams

2009 3rd at the NCAA championships
2009 2nd at Big Ten Championships at 165 lbs
2010 He suffered a knee injury during his senior season but placed 7th at the NCAAs and 4th at Big Ten championships
2010 Iowa Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner
2010 won the Mike McGivern Award (given annually to the team’s most courageous wrestler)

2007-2010 4 year letterwinner
Morningstar owns a career record of 110-40
Member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club in 2010-11
Qualified to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at 163 pounds (74 kg).

The Lisbon, Iowa, native graduated from Iowa in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in health and sports studies.

Volunteer assistant coach
Bobby Telford

Bobby is in his first season as volunteer assistant at Iowa.

In High School Bobby wrestled for
St. Marks High School in Hockessin, Delaware where he became a
2X State Champion.

Bobby wrestled for the University of Iowa from 2011-2015 at 285 lbs. He was an all-american in 2012, 2014 and 2015. His overall record was 108-27.

Athletic Trainer
Jesse Donneworth

Best trainer across all collegiate sports.

Jesse has completed his undergrad in Exercise Science at the University of Iowa in 2002. He
earned a masters in Health Promotion at Virginia Tech in 2003, and
gained his Ph.D in Education and Curriculum instruction at Virginia Tech in 2006.

From 2002-2004 Jesse was the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Virginia Tech (in multiple sports including wrestling.) Then, from
2004-2006 he was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Virginia Tech. From 2006-2011 Jesse was the Athletic Trainer/Sport Performance Specialist for University of Wisconsin wrestling team.
Jesse has been the Athletic Trainer for University of Iowa wrestling team since 2011.

Camp Counselor
Spencer Lee

High School:
Franklin Regional High School, Murrysville, PA
3X State Champion
3X Junior World Team Champion

Current Iowa Hawkeye:
NCAA Champion 125lbs as a true freshman

Camp Counselor
Mike Kemerer

High School:
Franklin Regional, Murrysville PA
State Champion
3X Fargo National Freestyle All-American

Current Iowa Hawkeye:
2X Midlands Champion
2X NCAA All-American (3rd, 4th 157lb)

Camp Counselor
Alex Marinelli

High School:
St. Paris Graham Miamisburg, OH
4X State Champion

Current Iowa Hawkeye:
NCAA All-American (6th) Freshman

Camp Counselor
Sam Stoll

High School:
Kasson-Mantorville High School, Kasson MN
2X State Champion
National High School consecutive pin record holder (63)

Current Iowa Hawkeye:
NCAA All-American (5th) HWT

Camp Counselor/ HWC member
Sammy Brooks

High School:
Oak Park-River Forest, Oak Park, IL
2X State Champion
National Freestyle and Greco Roman Fargo Champion

Collegiate:
2X Big Ten Champion
2X NCAA All-American (184lbs)

International:
2016 U23 World Team Member

Camp Counselor/HWC Member
Brandon Sorenson

High School:
Denver High School, Cedar Falls, IA
4X State Champion

Collegiate:
3X Midlands Champion
4X NCAA All-American 149lbs (4th, 2nd, 3rd, 5th)

Camp Counselor/HWC member
Thomas Gilman

High School:
Omaha-Skutt High School, Council Bluffs, IA
4X State Champion

Collegiate:
3X NCAA All-American (125lbs)
Midlands Champion

International:
2016 US Open Champion
2017 Senior World Silver Medalist
2018 World Team Member

Camp Counselor/HWC member
Cory Clark

High School:
Southeast Polk, Pleasent Hill, IA
4X State Champion

Collegiate:
4X All-American (5th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st) 125lbs, 133lbs
NCAA Champion
Big Ten Champion

Camp Counselor/HWC Member
Nathan Burak

High School:
Coronado High School, Colorado Springs, CO
State Champion

Collegiate:
3X NCAA champion
2X Midlands Champion

Camp Counselor/HWC Member
Lauren Louive

Lauren is currently ranked #3 on the US Senior Women's Olympic ladder at 59kg, and competes for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club.

Camp Counselor/HWC Member
Alli Ragan

Alli is a 2X senior women's world silver medalist and ranked #1 at 59kg in the US. She competes for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club and is a 2018 World team member.

Camp Counselor/ HWC member
Michaela Beck

Michaela was ranked No. 3 at 57 kg by team USA in 2018-19. She was on Team USA in 2018-19. She is from New York City, wrestled at Fusion Academy Highschool and for the New York AC until she came to train in the HWC. She was runner up in the 2018 World Team Trials, the U.S. Senior Open, and the UW Nationals. She was the Flatz Open champion in Austria and second in the Yoshida Cup.

Camp Counselor/ HWC Member
Forrest Molinari

Forrest is a California native, placing in folkstyle and freestyle events during her highschool career. She competed in college at Missouri Baptist, placing 3rd at Nationals in 2014. After college, she competed on the 2015/2016 and 2016/1-17 Junior World Teams, placing 7th in 2015 and 16th in 2017. Forrest is a current member of the 2018-2019 World Team and placed 4th at the 2018 World Championships in Budapest.

Camp counselor/HWC member
Kayla Miracle

Kayla's accolades include:

2017 U23 World Team member

2017 U.S. Open champion

2015, 2016 and 2017 University Nationals champion

Third in 2014 and 2016 Junior World Championships

Second in 2012 Cadet World Championships

Fourth in 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

2016 Dave Schultz Memorial International champion

2014 Bill Farrell International champion

Four-time WCWA College National champion for Campbellsville (2015-18)

Camp Counselor/HWC member
Nick Dardanes

Nick is a 2x Minnesota high school state champ at 140 lbs. He competed for the University of Minnesota at 141 lbs from 2010-2015 placing 3rd at Big tens in 2014 and 2015. He is a 1x all american and 2x NCAA qualifier.

HWC Head Coah
Mark Perry

Former Assistant Coach at Illinois, Mark Perry had a storied career at Iowa. Perry won a pair of NCAA titles. He was a four-time All-American from 2005-08 and won a Big Ten title in 2007. He helped lead the Hawkeyes to an NCAA team national title in 2008 and was a team captain from 2005-08.

HWC member
Nodirjon Safarov

Nodirjon Safarov wrestles for Uzbekistan. His accolades include:
8th at the 2017 World Championships
5th at the Asian Championships in 2015
3rd in the Solidarity Islamic Games in 2017
3rd at the 2009 Junior World Championships.

Our staff consists of the current Iowa Hawkeye wrestling coaches and team members. Our full Hawkeye Wrestling Club (HWC) roster will also be engaged in the camp system. We believe in our camps and know that you will get the full Iowa Wrestling experience by being around our staff members.  The caliber of wrestling experience featured in our technique and training is proven world class. We take pride in the process and live to make those around us better on and off the mat.