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.
Head Assistant Coach
Luke Becker is entering his eighth season as an assistant coach and his 14th on the Golden Gopher staff. Prior to his current role, Becker served as the program's volunteer assistant coach and, previous to that, as the team’s marketing and promotions director.
After serving as one of the key contributors on the mat for Minnesota's first two national titles in 2001 and 2002, Becker was on staff during the team's run to the 2007 National Championship. Becker was a part of the staff that helped guide the Gophers to back-to-back Big Ten titles in 2006 and 2007, as well as five National Duals championships. Minnesota has placed in the top-10 nationally 11 times since Becker has been on staff, including trophy finishes in 2012, 2013 and 2014 with Becker serving as assistant coach.
The Gopher All-Americans just since Becker became an assistant coach in 2009 is a who’s who of collegiate wrestling, including: Chris Dardanes, Nick Dardanes, Roger Kish, Michael Kroells, Tony Nelson, Dylan Ness, Jayson Ness, Brett Pfarr, Tyler Safratowich, Zach Sanders, Scott Schiller, Kevin Steinhaus, Logan Storley, David Thorn, Mike Thorn, Cody Yohn, Sonny Yohn and Danny Zilverberg. In that same timeframe, Becker has coached Nelson, Steinhaus, Mike Thorn and both Ness brothers to Big Ten titles, as well as national championships for Nelson and Jayson Ness.
Equally impressive to his coaching resume are his accomplishments when he wore the Gopher singlet as a four-time letterwinner from 2000 to 2003. Becker was an All-American all four seasons, winning an individual national title in 2002. He was a key contributor to the program’s first two national championships (2001, 2002). He also won two individual Big Ten titles (2002, 2003) and was part of three Big Ten championship teams (2001-03). He remains one of the most-accomplished wrestlers in program history, ranking among the program’s 16 best in career wins (126), career dual wins (60) and career pins (29).
Prior to joining the Gophers, Becker was a three-time Minnesota state champion from Cambridge, Minn. He finished his high school career as the winningest high school wrestler in Minnesota history at that time, with 210 prep victories.
Becker graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2003, with a B.A. in an intercollegiate program consisting of educational psychology and youth studies. He currently resides in Roseville, Minn., with his wife Christa, daughter Brittlyn, and son Bo.
Dustin Schlatter is entering his first season as the Gophers’ assistant coach after spending the past five seasons as a volunteer assistant (2015-16) and as a graduate assistant (2010-2014).
Schlatter came to Minnesota as a blue-chip recruit and immediately backed up those rankings by racking up a gaudy 42-1 record, claiming both the Big Ten and NCAA title at 149 pounds and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award in the process. Schlatter was the first rookie in program history to win a national title.
Schlatter repeated as the Big Ten champ in 2007, helping the Gophers capture their second straight conference title. Schlatter’s third-place performance at NCAAs that season contributed to Minnesota winning its third National Championship. On the season, Schlatter went 37-1.
Schlatter, who graduated as a three-time All-American, was also twice named the team’s Fraser Dean Most Courageous Wrestler Award for battling injuries throughout his career.
His .919 career winning percentage is the fourth-best in Gopher history, while his 114 wins (against just 10 defeats) is among the program’s top 25. His 65 match winning streak, which stretched for 16 months, is the second-longest ever at Minnesota.
Starting with an appearance for Team USA at the World Championships during his redshirt season (2008-09), he has built an impressive resume wrestling freestyle at the national and international level. Most recently, Schlatter won the 70kg gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Championships.
A native of Westerville, Ohio, Schlatter currently resides in Minneapolis.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Zach Sanders joined the University of Minnesota wrestling staff as an administrative assistant following a successful career on the mat for the Gophers.
In 2012, Sanders became the seventh four-time All-American in Gopher history with a third-place finish in the 125-pound division at the NCAA Championships. He finished his career ranked sixth on the Gophers' all-time wins list with a record of 134-27-1.
Sanders was ranked as high as No. 1 nationally during his senior season. He was named Team MVP for the second year in a row after going 32-4. Sanders took second at the Big Ten Championships, his best finish following two consecutive third-place showings.
Sanders finished sixth at the NCAA Tournament as a freshman before finishing fifth his next two years. He was named to the Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team and voted both Most Outstanding Freshman and Most Exciting Wrestler by his teammates in 2009. Sanders was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree during his career.
Following the end of his senior season, Sanders competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in freestyle wrestling.
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