There are very few who can deny the sense of pride felt when one of our nation’s athletes stands atop the podium on the world stage, with a gold medal draped around his neck. Especially when it’s a homegrown talent from the state of Iowa.
Since its inception in 1973, the focus of Hawkeye Wrestling Club has always been to provide the training, coaching and resources necessary to help our athletes pursue their dreams of becoming World and Olympic Champions. The money raised through the HWC goes directly to benefit the athletes helping with living expenses, training and traveling needs. Maybe the most important aspect of the HWC is its pursuit in trying to get the best post-collegiate athletes to train with the HWC together in Iowa City to attain the ultimate prize in wrestling… World and Olympic gold medals.
With this goal, Hawkeye Wrestling Club has played an important role in the dominance of Iowa Wrestling. By no coincidence, the Iowa wrestling team started its string of 25 Big Ten titles in 1974. The HWC has had 14 Olympians, of which four have won gold medals--and that number is sure to rise.
Of course the success on the wrestling mats wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of many. Be part of something special. Find out how you can help our athletes pursue their Olympic dreams.
Mark Perry, Coach
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.
Tom Brands, Advisor
Three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year Tom Brands completed his 11th season as head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. A 1996 Olympic gold medalist and member of wrestling’s Hall of Fame, Brands is only the eighth wrestling coach at the University of Iowa. The former Hawkeye wrestler was a four-time All-American and three-time national champion.
Terry Brands, Advisor
Two-time World Champion and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Terry Brands is in his 20th season on the University of Iowa staff. Brands was promoted to associate head coach in 2011 after serving two stints as an assistant coach at Iowa.