MASHALLAH FAROKHMANESH | ASSISTANT COACH
Farokh enters his fifth year as an assistant coach at UNLV and 29th overall at an NCAA institution. Farokh has been a mainstay on UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick's coaching staff for the past 28 seasons, 27 of which have been at the Division I level.
Since he came to Las Vegas, the UNLV volleyball team has amassed an overall record of 74-49 and three 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 All-Conference honors and one more – Kinsey Caldwell – to Freshman of the Year recognition in 2012. Madeline Westman was recognized as All-MW in both 2011 and ’12, while Sekola Falemaka (2013), Allison Davies (2014), Daryn Glenn (2014), Bree Hammel (2014), Alexis Patterson (2014) and Katlin Winters (2014: Honorable Mention) have earned Conference accolades, as well.
The 2014 campaign was a memorable one in so many ways. The team set single-season program records in overall (26) and conference (14) wins. The Rebels, who reset a total of seven program marks and tied five more, were rewarded with five of their own named to the All-MW team, including Hammel, an AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention selection.
The 2014 Rebels broke or tied 12 records, which were highlighted with program bests in overall (26) and conference (14) victories. In addition, the team knocked off then-#7 Colorado State at home for the program’s biggest win over a ranked opponent.
In his first season at UNLV, the Scarlet & Gray went 14-17 and earned a spot in the championship match of the 2011 MW Championship. 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 they suffered 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 title match.
Following that inaugural year, the Rebels amassed 18 and 16 wins in 2012 and ’13, respectively. In the former campaign, the Rebels finished third in the MW behind a 10-6 mark.
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.