|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 fourth season at UNLV in 2014.
In fact, this year will be the 28th that Fredrick has been a head coach of a collegiate program. She has previously spent 26 years at the NCAA Division I level and one at Div. III.
In three years at the helm of the program, Fredrick has amassed an overall record of 48-42 with back-to-back winning records following a runner-up finish at the 2011 Mountain West Championship. She has coached three student-athletes to Mountain West All-Conference honors with Madeline Westman earning recognition in both 2011 and '12. Sekola Falemaka was recognized for her play in 2013, while Kinsey Caldwell was tabbed the league's freshman of the year in 2012.
The 2012 season was one for the record books beginning with the team's 18 wins, which rank as the third-most in program history. The .620 winning percentage was fourth best, while the 11 home victories and 10 conference victories both ranked as the third best in their respective categories. The Rebels' 10-6 record resulted in a third-place finish in the MW - their best showing since the 2007 edition tied for second.
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.
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 seven times - all at Washington State - 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.
More importantly, she has watched her student-athletes named a total of 65 times to academic all-conference teams. Since her first campaign in Las Vegas, UNLV has had 11 different individuals earn Academic All-MW Team recognition a total of 18 times. She has also witnessed four picked for the MW Scholar-Athlete Award on eight occasions.
Fredrick has had eight student-athletes chosen to CoSIDA District 8 All-America Team - an award based on academic and athletics. Westman earned 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team honors a year after she and Allison Davies were picked to the second team.
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 have one son, Ali Farokhmanesh, who played basketball for Northern Iowa, including facing UNLV in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.