J Robinson and Brandon Eggum (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)
The University of Minnesota today announced that Brandon Eggum has been named the acting head coach of the school's wrestling program. Eggum will assume this new position immediately.
"Given the University's internal investigation of Coach Robinson, it is important to have clear and continued leadership as the program prepares for the 2016-17 academic year," said Minnesota Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "Coach Eggum is an effective leader and will ensure continued stability within the wrestling program."
Eggum joined Minnesota's coaching staff in 2001 immediately after finishing his wrestling career with the Gophers.
As a wrestler at Minnesota, Eggum was both a four-time letterwinner and a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He finished his final three seasons as an All-American and won two individual Big Ten titles. He ranks among the program's 20 best all-time in wins and winning percentage. On the international level, Eggum won silver medals at the 2001 World and 2002 Pan American Freestyle Championships.
As a coach, Eggum has been with the Minnesota staff for each of the program's three national titles, as well as five Big Ten team championships. Gopher wrestlers have won 27 individual conference crowns and 62 All-America medals with Eggum on staff. He has served as the program's head assistant coach for the past five seasons.
The University is conducting an ongoing internal investigation into Head Coach J Robinson and allegations made against him earlier this year. Robinson is currently on administrative leave.