Farokh enters his fourth year as an assistant coach at UNLV and 28th overall at an NCAA institution. Farokh has been a mainstay on UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick's coaching staff for the past 27 seasons, 26 of which has been at the Division I level.
Since he came to Las Vegas, the UNLV volleyball team has amassed an overall record of 48-42.
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.
Both the conference and overall win totals ranked as the third-most in their respective categories in UNLV's single-season record book. The team's .620 winning percentage was the fourth highest tallied by a Scarlet & Gray squad.
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.
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 8.
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.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Russ Friedland enters his second year as an assistant coach with UNLV volleyball after being hired in February 2013. In addition to his everyday coaching duties, Friedland also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Prior to his move to Las Vegas, Friedland served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville following a four-year run as the head coach at the Metro American Volleyball Club (MAVBC) in Washington, D.C.
During his last season at Tennessee, Friedland helped the Lady Volunteers to a 22-8 overall mark and a trip to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The year concluded with a 3-2 loss to Michigan in the first round of postseason play. Before the loss, the Lady Vols had rattled off 13 wins in their final 14 regular-season matches following a 9-5 start to the year.
Friedland's responsibilities at Tennessee were assisting Rob Patrick, a two-time National Coach of the Year and longstanding head coach at UT, with mentoring the setters and defensive specialists as well as off-the-court duties, such as opponent scouting, film breakdown and exchange, and helping coach and run camps.
Before his time at UT, he guided the MAVBC's 17-Travel squad to a No. 1 ranking in the Chesapeake Region in 2012 after winning the South Atlantic title in both 2010 and `11. During his tenure with the club team, Friedland worked as an assistant coach at Howard University, where he helped the Bison to a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament appearance.
Besides his time at Tennessee and Howard, Friedland assisted at George Washington University, American University and the University of Connecticut. He also served as the head men's and women's coach at Daniel Webster College from 2007-08.
A native of Mansfield, Conn., Friedland earned his undergraduate degree in sport management from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., in 2005. A four-year letterwinner on the men's volleyball team, he received his M.B.A. from his alma mater a year later.
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