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Cindy Fredrick, who has 26 years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level and 27 overall, enters her third year as the head coach of the UNLV volleyball program. Fredrick was named the sixth head coach in Rebel history on Dec. 22, 2010.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Cindy on as our head volleyball coach," former UNLV Director of Athletics Jim Livengood proclaimed upon Fredrick's hiring. "Having worked with her for many years, I'm sure she will be a great addition to the university community and our athletics department family. She will do a wonderful job advancing our women's volleyball program."
In just two years at the helm of the program, Fredrick has amassed an overall record of 32-28, which includes an 18-11 mark during the 2012 campaign. She has coached two student-athletes to Mountain West All-Conference honors with Madeline Westman earning recognition in both 2011 and '12, while Kinsey Caldwell, the league's freshman of the year, did so in 2012.
Besides a third-place finish in MW play, the 2012 season was one for the record books beginning with the team's 18 wins ranking as the third most in program history. The .620 winning percentage was fourth best, while the 11 home victories and 10 conference wins both rank as the third best in their respective categories.
In her first season at UNLV, Fredrick went 14-17 and led her squad to the championship match of the 2011 MW Tournament. The Rebels entered the tournament as the seventh seed and racked up two quick victories - a 3-0 win over #2 San Diego State and a 3-1 triumph over #3 TCU - before a loss to Colorado State in the finale. Three Rebels - Westman, Candice Thomas and Stephanie Thelen - earned spots on the conference's all-tournament team following the Scarlet & Gray's Cinderella run to the final.
Prior to taking over the reins of the volleyball program, Fredrick spent one year (2012) as the head coach at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa following a stint as the assistant director of the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.
She has also been the head coach at Weber State (1985-89), Washington State (1989-2004) and Iowa (2004-08).
Throughout her career, she has guided her squads to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances with the first occurring in 1988 at Weber State, followed by nine more at Washington State that also included a trip to the Sweet 16 and two to the Elite 8. Overall, she owns a 9-10 record in NCAA Tournament competition.
She was named the conference coach of the year on two different occasions. The first came in 1988 after she led Weber State to a Big Sky Conference championship en route to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance and an overall record of 32-8. Then, in 1995, she took home Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. She also earned 1995 AVCA District VIII Coach of the Year recognition, as well.
She has notched 20 or more wins seven times - all at Washington State - and also coached three All-Americans (Sarah Silvernail, Keri Killebrew and Stephanie Pake) and two conference player of the years, Silvernail (Pac-10) and Kim Benesh (Big Sky).
In 1992, she led Washington State to a perfect 6-0 record for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in Kansas City, Mo. All six victories were won by 3-0 sweeps.
Overall, she has coached 39 all-conference performers and nine to AVCA All-District VIII/All-West Region honors.
More importantly, she has coached 58 student-athletes to academic all-conference recognition and eight to CoSIDA District 8 All-America status. Most recently, Westman and Allison Davies were both chosen to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 8 Second Team.
Westman and Davies have also been recognized for their academics by the MW, as the duo has been named to the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete Awards. Over the past two years, Westman, Davies and Thelen have earned Fall Academic All-MW Team honors, while Katlin Winters (2012), Sekola Falemaka (2011), Daryn Glenn (2011), Taylor Richard (2011) and Layne Wilson (2011) have done so once apiece.
A 1974 graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Fredrick began coaching volleyball at Davenport Central High School that same year until 1982. She led the school to a state championship in 1981 with a perfect 33-0 record. She followed that up with a three-year stint as a head coach for the United States Volleyball Association Junior Development team in Eastern Iowa.
She broke into the collegiate coaching ranks in 1982 when she was hired as an assistant coach at Iowa. She helped guide the Hawkeyes to two third-place finishes in the Big Ten in 1983 and 1984.
Fredrick is married to Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh, who has been an assistant on her staff throughout her entire career. They have one son, Ali Farokhmanesh, who played basketball for Northern Iowa, including facing UNLV in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.