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Fredrick Rounds Out Coaching Staff

April 13, 2011

LAS VEGAS ( - First-year UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick rounded out her coaching staff with the naming of Mashallah Farokhmanesh and Nels Rydberg as assistant volleyball coaches. The pair brings nearly 40 years of combined collegiate coaching experience to the Rebel program.

Farokhmanesh, who has been married to Fredrick since 1984, has been Fredrick's top assistant throughout her career. Farokh, as he is best known, comes to UNLV having spent 25 years coaching on the collegiate level, including 23 at NCAA Division I institutions. Most recently, he was with Fredrick at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

During his career, he has helped his teams make 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 Eight.

Farokh coached alongside Fredrick at Weber State (1985-89) when she was named to her first head coaching position. Together the pair earned a Big Sky Conference championship in 1988 and also the school's first NCAA Tournament bid. After four years at Weber State, the duo left for Washington State (1989-2004).

In Pullman, Farokh was part of a Cougar program that experienced 20-plus wins. He coached three All-Americans, including the Pac-10 Player of the Year. After Washington State, the couple coached at Iowa from 2004-08.

Rydberg comes to UNLV after spending nearly 20 years coaching volleyball on the collegiate, club and high school levels. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Wright State University (2007-09), where he assisted in all areas of the program.

Prior to his two-year stint at Wright State, Rydberg was also an assistant at Arkansas State (2000-02), Oregon (1995-99), Portland State (1994-95) and Cal Poly (1991-94).



Overall, Rydberg has coached 10 NCAA Division I all-conference performers, two NCAA Division II All-Americans and one all-region selection.
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