HEAD COACH CINDY FREDRICK
2014 MOUNTAIN WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Cindy Fredrick was named the sixth head coach in Rebel volleyball history on Dec. 22, 2010, and will begin her fifth season at UNLV in 2015.
In fact, this 2015 season will be the 29th that Fredrick has been a head coach of a collegiate program with 28 of those at the NCAA Division I level.
In four years at the helm of the program, Fredrick has amassed an overall record of 74-49 with three consecutive winning records following a runner-up finish at the 2011 Mountain West Championship. She 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. Fredrick led the team to single-season program records in overall (26) and conference (14) wins and in doing so, she was bestowed the MW’s Coach of the Year award. 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 her first season at UNLV, Fredrick went 14-17 and led her squad to 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, Fredrick led the Scarlet & Gray to 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.
Prior to taking over the reins of the volleyball program, Fredrick spent one year (2012) as the head coach at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, following a stint as the assistant director of the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.
She has also been the head coach at Weber State (1985-89), Washington State (1989-2004) and Iowa (2004-08).
Through her career, she has guided 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 Eight. Overall, she owns a 9-10 record in NCAA Tournament competition.
Fredrick was named the conference coach of the year on two different occasions. The first came 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. She also earned 1995 AVCA District VIII Coach of the Year recognition.
She has notched 20 or more wins eight times - 19 at Washington State and one at UNLV - and also coached three All-Americans (Sarah Silvernail, Keri Killebrew and Stephanie Pake) and two conference players of the year, Silvernail (Pac-10) and Kim Benesh (Big Sky).
In 1992, she led Washington State to a perfect 6-0 record for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in Kansas City, Mo. All six victories came via 3-0 sweeps. Overall, Fredrick has coached 40 all-conference performers with nine of those earning AVCA All-District VIII/All-West Region honors.
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. The couple has one son, Ali Farokhmanesh, who played basketball for Northern Iowa, including facing UNLV in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.