Cindy Fredrick Named Head Coach
Dec. 22, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Cindy Fredrick, who has 24 years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level, has been named the sixth head coach in UNLV volleyball history, UNLV Director of Athletics Jim Livengood announced on Wednesday.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Cindy on as our head volleyball coach," Livengood said. "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."
Fredrick comes to Las Vegas after spending the past year coaching at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
She was also the head coach at Weber State (1985-89), Washington State (1989-2004) and Iowa (2004-08). Over her career, she has led 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.
She was named the conference coach of the year on two different occasions - first 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.
At Washington State, she notched 20 or more wins seven times and also coached three All-Americans (Sarah Silvernail, Keri Killebrew and Stephanie Pake) and one Pac-10 Player of the Year (Silvernail).
"Cindy distinguished herself from a field of highly qualified coaches from around the country," said Jeff Higgins, UNLV Associate Athletics Director and Search Committee Chair. "We are excited to welcome her into the UNLV Athletics family."
While Fredrick was at Luther, the team was 17-17. Prior to that, she was the assistant director of the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.
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 last year in the NCAA Tournament against UNLV.