Brad Penrith was a three-time NCAA finalist for the University of Iowa at 126 pounds and captured the 126-pound championship in 1986. He also won three Big Ten titles and won a silver medal at the World Championships in 1991, as well as gold medals at two Pan-American Games. In 1992 he was the only American to be ranked number one in the world. Serving as head coach at the University of Northern Iowa since 2000, Penrith has led the Panthers to three finishes in the top 20. He is a native of New York .