Tom Brands re-energized Iowa wrestling when he took over the program six years ago.
On Tuesday Brands was rewarded with a new 5-year contract that makes him one of the highest-paid wrestling coach in the country.
Brands will make a guaranteed $200,000 in the upcoming season and if he stays for the final year of his contract in 2016-17, he’ll make $327,000.
“I know we’re biased, but I believe Tom Brands is the best wrestling coach in the country,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said in the release. “He approaches everything he does with intensity and integrity.”
In 2008, Cael Sanderson was the highest-paid wrestling coach in the country, according to an article by the Des Moines Register. His base salary that year at Iowa State was $110,000.
According to the article, Brands made $99,750 in 1998.
The base salary for Brands will be $145,000 this season. He also earns $55,000 in guaranteed outside income and will receive a $50,000 longevity payment on June 30, 2013.
“I appreciate the support Gary Barta and President Sally Mason have continued to show the Iowa wrestling program,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said in a release. “This commitment goes beyond me.”
Brands can also earn up to $145,000 in incentives.
He receives $75,000 for an NCAA Championship, which Iowa has won three times under Brands, or just $25,000 if Iowa places second or third.
Brands and the Hawkeyes have placed in the top three in each of the last five years.
A Big Ten Championship is $30,000, a National Duals title earns $10,000, and a Midlands Championship earns $10,000.
Iowa is not wrestling in Midlands this season.
There are also two $10,000 academic incentives.
“It’s always been our mission to win championships and win them the right way,” Brands said. “We’re not satisfied with the status quo.
“I understand Iowa’s tradition, and we’ll continue to embrace the championship mentality that’s always defined this program.”
In addition to the titles, Brands rejuvenated the fan base base. Iowa leads the country in attendance, including an NCAA record 9,014 per match in 2011-12.
“Enthusiasm for Hawkeye wrestling is high,” Barta said. “Tom is a great ambassador for the program, for the university, and for the state.
“The future continues to look bright under his leadership.”
Iowa returns six all-Americans this winter, including two-time NCAA champion Matt McDonough.