Head Coach Brandon Eggum had an opportunity to tour the new Athletes Village recently, walking through the spaces where, starting in January, all Gopher student-athletes will study, eat and build the skills they need for life after sport
Eggum was among a cast of nine Gopher head coaches who joined AD Mark Coyle on the Maroon leg of the 2017 Gopher Road Trip, visiting seven towns in southern and western Minnesota
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- Officially named head coach on January 26, 2017
- Named Amatuer Wrestling News "Rookie Head Coach of the Year" in 2016-17
- Will enter his 17th season on the Golden Gopher wrestling staff in 2017-18
- Spent five seasons as the program’s head assistant coach prior to becoming head coach
- During his time on the coaching staff, has helped wrestlers win 66 All-America certificates, a group that also includes 27 individual Big Ten championships and nine individual national championships
- During his time on staff, the Gophers have won three team national titles, won eight team trophies at the NCAA Championships and captured five Big Ten team titles
- Three-time NCAA All-American (177 pounds in 1998; 184 pounds in 1999 and 2000)
- 1999 and 2000 Big Ten Champion (184 pounds)
- 2000 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient
- Four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree
- Member of four, top-three teams at NCAA Championships
- Member of 1999 Big Ten Championship team
- Silver medalist at 2001 World Freestyle Championships and at 2002 Pan American Freestyle Championships; bronze medalist at 2003 U.S. National Freestyle Championships
Brandon Eggum completed his first season as the Gophers’ head coach in 2016-17 after spending the previous five seasons serving as the program’s head assistant coach. Last season was Eggum's 16th on the wrestling team staff. Prior to assuming an assistant coach role in 2004, Eggum served as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator (2001-2004).
Following a decorated career as a Gopher wrestler, Eggum joined the staff in 2000-01 and has since helped train and develop nine individual national champions, 27 individual conference champs and 66 All-Americans. The team success during that time has also been remarkable, a run which has included all three of the program’s national titles, five Big Ten championships and seven National Duals crowns.
Since joining the staff, Eggum has played a part in national title runs by Luke Becker, Jared Lawrence, Dustin Schlatter and Jayson Ness, as well as two-time champions Damion Hahn, Cole Konrad and Tony Nelson. All seven of those young men also won Big Ten titles with Eggum on staff, but the list of Big Ten champs during Eggum’s tenure also includes: Garrett Lowney, Owen Elzen, Ryan Lewis, Leroy Vega, Jacob Volkmann, Mack Reiter, C.P. Schlatter, Roger Kish, Mike Thorn, Kevin Steinhaus, Dylan Ness and Chris Dardanes. The list of All-Americans under Eggum’s watch goes on even longer.
Prior to his coaching career, Eggum was a four-time letterwinner for the Gophers from 1997 to 2000. As a sophomore, Eggum earned an All-America certificate at 177 pounds. In 1999, he bumped up to 184 pounds, where he would place second and third at the next two NCAA Championships, respectively. Eggum also won the Big Ten title at his weight both of those seasons and helped Minnesota win the 1999 Big Ten championship, the program’s first since 1959. Eggum’s name still litters the program’s record books as well. His 115 career wins and his .833 career winning percentage (115-23) are both among 25 best in Gopher history, while his 61 dual victories is tied for 12th.
In addition to his experience coaching at the collegiate level, Eggum has spent many years working closely with local wrestling clubs. He speaks and teaches at clinics all across the country sharing his passion for the sport.
As impressive as Eggum was on the mat, he also stood out in the classroom as a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2000, with a B.S. in Applied Economics.
A native of Sidney, Mont., Eggum currently resides in Stillwater, Minn., with his wife Katrina, son Greyson, and two daughters, Lillian and Monroe.
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Eggum Tours Athletes Village
Gopher Wrestling head coach Brandon Eggum toured the new University of Minnesota Athletes Village in June 2017.