| ASSISTANT COACHMASHALLAH FAROKHMANESH
Farokh enters his seventh year as an assistant coach at UNLV and 31st overall at an NCAA institution. Farokh has been a mainstay on UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick's coaching staff for the past 30 seasons, 29 of which have been at the Division I level.
During his career, he has helped his teams make 11 NCAA Tournament appearances with the first occurring in 1988 at Weber State, followed by nine more at Washington State that also included trips to the Elite Eight in 1996 and 2002 and a Sweet Sixteen showing in 1997. The most recent postseason trip came last season with the Rebels at-large berth into the field of 64.
Since he came to Las Vegas, the UNLV volleyball team has amassed an overall record of 114-71 and five consecutive winning records following a runner-up finish at the 2011 Mountain West Championship.
He has coached a total of eight student-athletes to Mountain West. Bree Hammel (2014-16) was a three-time All-MW Team selection, while Madeline Westman (2011-12) Alexis Patterson (2014 and 2016) were recognized twice. Sekola Falemaka (2013), Allison Davies (2014), Daryn Glenn (2014) and Katlin Winters (2014: Honorable Mention) have also earned all-conference accolades once. Additionally, Kinsey Caldwell was chosen as the MW's 2012 Freshman of the Year.
Hammel also earned AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention status twice (2014 and 2016).
In 2016, the Rebels earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and they made the most of it with a 3-1, first-round win over then-No. 22 Utah. The season came to a close in a second-round loss at then-No. 10 BYU in Provo, Utah.
In all, the 2016 squad won 24 matches - a total that tied for the second-most in program history -- and finished third in the Mountain West (12-6). The year began with a perfect 11-0 record that concluded with a 12-2 nonconference mark and .857 winning percentage - all of which were program bests. The team's winning did not go unrecognized, as it received votes in seven straight AVCA Top-25 polls during the season as well as in the final poll of the year.
The 2014 campaign was a memorable one, too, as the team rewrote the program's single-season victory mark with 26 overall and 14 conference. By virtue of the Rebels' breaking second program marks and tying five more, Fredrick was named the Mountain West's Coach of the Year and five student-athletes were chosen to the All-MW Team.
Included in both of the record-breaking win totals was a triumph over then-No. 7 Colorado State -- the program's biggest win over a ranked opponent.
In her first season at UNLV, Fredrick went 14-17 and led her seventh-seeded squad to the championship match of the 2011 MW Championship. The Rebels racked up two quick victories - a 3-0 win over No. 2 San Diego State and a 3-1 triumph over No. 3 TCU - before they suffered a loss to Colorado State in the finale. Three Rebels - Westman, Candice Thomas and Stephanie Thelen - earned spots on the MW's All-Tournament team after the Scarlet & Gray's Cinderella run to the title match.
Following that inaugural year, Fredrick led the Scarlet & Gray to 18 and 16 wins in 2012 and '13, respectively.
The 2012 campaign was a special one for the Rebel coaching staff, as it saw the team finish third overall in the Mountain West behind a 10-6 record. Overall, the team won an 18 of its 29 matches.
In 2011, the Rebels finished 14-17 on the year, but they ended the season on a high note after a Cinderella run in the MW Tournament. UNLV entered the competition as the seventh seed and quickly racked up wins over #2 San Diego State and #3 TCU before it ran into the conference's eventual tournament champion, Colorado State.
Prior to UNLV, Farokh spent one year as an assistant coach at Luther College after a stint at Wartburg College.
Farokh has extensive experience as both a player and coach. Born in Burojerd, Iran, he was a member of the Pahlavi High School volleyball team for four years, during which time his team won three state championships. While earning his bachelor's degree in physical education from the Teacher Training College in Tehran, Iran, he played on a men's squad that won two college championships and he was honored all four years with all-star recognition.
Following college, Farokh went on to play for the Iranian National Team. During his seven-year tenure on the squad, he was elected captain and also played in international competition.
Farokh began his coaching career in his home country of Iran when he was named head volleyball coach for Esfahan High School. During his three-year stint at Esfahan he was also coach of the Iranair Club team.
Farokh left for the United States in 1977 to continue his education and earned his master's degree in physical education at Western Illinois University in 1979. Later, he went on to earn his educational doctorate (EdD) in elementary school physical education in 1985 from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, he continued to compete for and coach the men's volleyball club team for three seasons. Throughout his time in the U.S., he has been active at both USVBA summer camps and clinics as a coach.
Farokh and Fredrick first met at a summer camp at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. When Fredrick was named as the Weber State head coach (1985-89), Farokh was hired as an assistant. 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 seven seasons with 20-plus wins. He coached three All-Americans, including the Pac-10 Player of the Year. From 1989 through 2003, he helped lead Washington State to a 278-192 record.
Farokh and Fredrick have been married since 1984 and have one son, Ali Farokhmanesh, who played basketball for Northern Iowa, including facing UNLV in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.
ZACH WEINBERG | ASSISTANT COACH
Zach Weinberg enters his second season as an assistant coach on the volleyball staff at UNLV. Weinberg served as a graduate coach at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., for two years prior to his move to Las Vegas.
In his first year at UNLV the team won 24 matches and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round after its 3-1, upset win over then-No. 22 Utah.
In all, the 2016 squad's 24 victories tied for the second-most in program history. The year began with a perfect 11-0 record that concluded with a 12-2 nonconference mark and .857 winning percentage - all of which were program bests. The team's winning did not go unrecognized, as it received votes in seven straight AVCA Top-25 polls during the season as well as in the final poll of the year. In Mountain West play, the team went 12-6 and finished third overall.
At NSU, Weinberg helped the Demons to a total of 23 wins, a Southland Conference championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth. In 2014, the squad won 16 games, five of which spanned the end of the regular season (two wins) and continued through the Southland Conference Tournament (three wins). The 2014 campaign came to an end in the first round of NCAA play against No. 2 national-seed Texas.
Weinberg's primary responsibilities at NSU were assisting head coach Sean Kiracofe, a former UNLV assistant coach, with training of setters and defensive specialists as well as off-the-court duties, such as: handling team travel, recruiting, scouting and film breakdown and exchange.
In April 2015, Weinberg became the head coach of the Maccabi USA Women's Youth and Open Women's Beach Volleyball team, a national team comprised of Jewish athletes. Last summer, he led the team to a pair of gold medals at the Pan-American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile.
The Voorhees, N.J., native began his coaching career at Ohio University with a three-year stint (Sept. 2009 to March 2012) as a student assistant coach after he initially served as a student manager (Dec. 2008 to Sept. 2009). In this stretch, the Bobcats won three MAC Tournament titles en route to three NCAA postseason trips.
Additionally, he acted as president, head coach and captain of the Ohio men's volleyball club team (Sept. 2008 to March 2012) and coached the ALETA Aces, an advanced training club team in the southeastern portion of the Buckeye State for one year.
Weinberg was tabbed the head coach at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, N.J., for a five-month term (Aug.-Dec. 2013). The Fighting Irish finished the year -- its second in program history -- with nine wins, eight more than in its inaugural campaign. The team claimed second place in its division with a 5-3 mark that helped it earn a berth in the New Jersey Non-Public State Tournament.
He earned his undergraduate degree in sport management from Ohio University in 2012, and received his master's degree in health and human performance with a concentration in sport administration three years later from Northwestern State.