Amateur Wrestling News named Brandon Eggum its Rookie Head Coach of the Year on Tuesday, recognizing his leadership in a strong 2016-17 campaign for Minnesota
Minnesota hosted the ceremonial end to its 2016-17 season Sunday in Minneapolis, handing out team awards and celebrating first-year letterwinners, All-Americans and departing seniors
Five of the team's NCAA qualifiers are among those honored by the conference for achievements in the classroom
Minnesota finished seventh at the 2017 NCAA Championships, marking the 19th time in 21 season the Maroon and Gold have finished among the nation’s 10 best
A quartet of Gophers earned All-America status on the second day of the 2017 NCAA Championships, led by Ethan Lizak and Brett Pfarr, who will wrestle for individual titles on Saturday
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- Officially named head coach on January 26, 2017
- Wrapped up his 18th season on the Golden Gopher wrestling staff in 2016-17
- Entered 2016-17 as interim head coach after serving the last five seasons as the program’s head assistant coach
- During his time on the coaching staff, has helped wrestlers win 62 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 is entering his first season as the Gophers’ head coach after spending the past five seasons serving as the program’s head assistant coach. The coming 2016-17 season will be 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 (2000-2004).
Following a decorated career as a Gopher wrestler, Eggum joined the staff in 2001 and has since helped train and develop nine individual national champions, 27 individual conference champs and 62 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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