In this week’s Coach’s Corner, Brandon Eggum reviews the Big Ten tournament performances of the five Gophers who will compete in next week’s NCAA Championships
In a special Friday episode of Coach’s Corner, Brandon Eggum provides details on Big Ten Championships pre-seeding and NCAA qualifier allocations
In the latest update from the Coach's Corner, Brandon Eggum looks back at the team's emphatic win over Iowa State last Friday and looks ahead to next weekend's Big Ten Championships
In this week’s Coach’s Corner, Brandon Eggum covers a variety of topics, from the current lineup and recent results to Gophers hoping to make Team USA
In this week’s trip to the Coach’s Corner, Brandon Eggum wraps up last weekend’s dual against Iowa and previews this weekend’s set against Northwestern and Wisconsin
Brandon Eggum is entering his 15th season on the Golden Gopher staff, his third as an head assistant coach. Prior to being named an assistant coach, Eggum was the team's strength and conditioning coordinator.
Since joining the staff in 2001, Eggum has helped train three NCAA championship teams, nine individual National Champions, five Big Ten title teams, 27 individual conference champions and 62 All-America honorees.
During Eggum's tenure as strength and conditioning coordinator, Minnesota experienced unprecedented success. The Golden Gophers captured back-to-back NCAA Championships and three straight Big Ten Championships. He trained a total of five NCAA individual champions, 16 Big Ten Champions and 31 All-Americans.
In Eggum's first season (2000-01), the Golden Gophers earned the program's first National Championship with an NCAA-record 10 All-Americans. The team also captured the Big Ten Championship, as well as the National Duals Championship.
A year later, Minnesota capped off a perfect season with its second-straight NCAA Championship and a Big Ten title. The Golden Gophers crowned a pair of individual National Champions, seven All-Americans and five Big Ten Champions on their way to an unbeaten 19-0 season, which also included a National Duals team title.
Minnesota earned its third-straight Big Ten title in 2003, led by a trio of individual champions. The Golden Gophers claimed second place at the NCAA Championships and Damion Hahn won the first of his back-to-back titles at 197 pounds.
In 2004, Eggum's training helped propel Minnesota to a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships with Hahn and Jacob Volkmann earning individual titles. The 2004 season also saw the emergence of redshirt freshman heavyweight Cole Konrad. Konrad earned All-American status and tallied the most wins (38) ever by a Golden Gopher heavyweight. That same season, Hahn capped off his record-breaking career with his second NCAA Championship and fourth All-American citation.
In 2011-12, Eggum helped coach the Gophers to a 14-3 overall finish and a 7-1 conference duals record. The team finished second in the Big Ten, with Tony Nelson and Kevin Steinhaus winning individual titles for the first time in their careers. Eggum helped guide the team to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, marking the Gophers' best finish on the national stage since winning the title in 2007. Nelson became Minnesota's first individual NCAA National Champion since 2010, and its first heavyweight champion since 2007.
In 2012-13, the Maroon and Gold had another successful year on the mat. Through Eggum's guidance, Minnesota posted a 16-2 overall mark on the year with a 7-1 record in conference action. Eggum coached the Golden Gophers to a second-place finish at the 2013 Big Ten Championships and helped develop individual champions Tony Nelson and Dylan Ness. Minnesota qualified all 10 wrestlers for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2005. Collectively, the team wrapped up the championships with a third-place finish and a tournament-high eight All-Americans. Eggum helped Tony Nelson reach the national stage once again and coached him to become only the fifth back-to-back National Champion in Minnesota history.
In 2013-14, Eggum helped guide the Gophers to a 14-1 overall record. The team captured its third consecutive National Duals Championship, while also knocking off then-No. 1 Penn State and Iowa in conference duals. With a 7-1 mark in conference duals, Minnesota claimed a share of the league's regular season duals championship. After placing third in the Big Ten Championships with one individual champion (Tony Nelson at heavyweight), the team put up a strong showing at the NCAA Championships, placing second in the nation for the second time in three years. Seven Gopher wrestlers were named All-Americans with two, Nelson and Dylan Ness, finish as runners-up in their respective weight classes.
Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, Eggum was a three-time All-American and four-year letter winner for the Golden Gophers from 1997 to 2000. As a sophomore, Eggum earned his first All-American certificate with a fifth-place finish at 177 pounds at the 1998 NCAA Championships.
In 1999, Eggum claimed his first Big Ten Championship at 184 pounds and turned his best performance at the NCAA Championships, finishing second to Iowa State's Cael Sanderson. Eggum finished with a 34-2 overall record that year, including an 18-1 dual meet mark.
In his senior season, Eggum earned his second straight Big Ten Championship, as well as a third-place finish at nationals. The three-time All-American posted a 33-5 overall record, including a 15-3 dual meet record. At NCAAs, Eggum rebounded from a semifinal loss to Sanderson to claim third place at 184 pounds. For his efforts, Eggum was awarded the 2000 Big Ten Medal of Honor.
For his career, Eggum ranks tied for 17th in school history in wins with a 115-23-0 overall record, while his .833 winning percentage ranks tied for 15th. Eggum is tied for 11th place all-time with a stellar 61-11 dual meet record.
Competing internationally also brought Eggum acclaim, as he took home the silver medal at the 2001 World Freestyle Championships. He placed second at the 2002 Pan American Freestyle Championships and third at the 2003 U.S. National Freestyle Championships.
Eggum has also spent a number of years working with local wrestling clubs, most notably the Hi-Flyers. One of the top youth clubs in Minnesota, Eggum coached the Hi-Flyers to nine straight team state titles.
A standout in the classroom, Eggum was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection during his collegiate days. A native of Sidney, Mont., he graduated from Minnesota in May of 2000 with a degree in applied economics.
Eggum and his wife, Katrina, reside in Minneapolis with a son, Grayson, and a daughter, Lillian.
Gophers Compete in Junior World Team Trials
Four Minnesota wrestlers were among those seeking a spot on Team USA in the weekend qualifying tournament hosted in Irving, Texas
McKee Wins Thriller at Beat the Streets
Overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 4-2, Gopher commit Mitch McKee earned a thrilling victory over the Asian junior champion at Beat the Streets in Times Square
Minnesota graduates four wrestlers from this year’s roster, each with their own unique path forward now that their collegiate wrestling careers have ended