FCAW Board Member
National Freestyle Resident Coach USA Wrestling
USA Olympic Champion; 2x NCAA Runner-up
Olympic champion Brandon Slay joined USA Wrestling as the Assistant National Freestyle Coach and National Freestyle Resident Coach in January 2009. Slay is responsible for assisting in all facets of the National Freestyle program, with his primary focus on managing the US Olympic Training Center (OSOTC) resident program in Colorado Springs.
Brandon rose to worldwide acclaim by winning the Gold Medal in Freestyle Wrestling at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, with an upset victory over Olympic and World Champion Bouvaisa Saitiev of Russia. Saitiev went on to win three Olympic gold medals.
Two years prior to winning the Gold Medal, Brandon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Finance and Management from the prestigious Wharton School of Business. Brandon was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. For many years, he attempted to accomplish his wrestling dreams without God, and he only got so far, but not far enough. In 1999, he finished 6th in the US Nationals by clinging to his own life and doing things his way. At that point, Brandon realized his life had no purpose. Only God could bless the desires of his heart. At the end of 1999, Brandon gave his life completely to Jesus Christ. With his new spiritual strength, he was able to go from 6th in the USA in 1999 to 1st in the World in 2000. Brandon's motto became "do your best and let God take care of the rest."
After the Olympics, Brandon started an organization called Greater Gold, which prepares youth to reach their full academic and athletic potential while planting positive seeds of Biblical truth. Brandon travels across the nation speaking to schools, youth groups, churches, and business organizations.
Brandon's additional honors include:
- 2000 US National Champion in Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2000 US Olympic Team Trials in Dallas, Texas
- 1999 Five Continents Cup in Sydney, Australia
- Two-time NCAA runner-up competing for University of Pennsylvania
- Dave Schulz Memorial International champion
- Two Cadet world medals in Greco-Roman
- Three state wrestling titles while attending Tascosa High School, Texas