Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 | 10 p.m.
Hitting a 25-foot 3-pointer to bury UNLV in the first round of the NCAA tournament last March earned Northern Iowa senior guard Ali Farokhmanesh villain status in Rebels lore.
Now, the graduated gunner's family will have a more concrete tie with UNLV.
His mother, Cindy Fredrick, on Wednesday was named the sixth head coach in Rebels volleyball history.
Fredrick brings 24 years of head coaching experience to Las Vegas, and last year coached Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Her husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh, has been an assistant on her staff throughout her entire career.
The other stops in Fredrick's career include Weber State (1985-89), Washington State (1989-2004) and Iowa (2004-08). She's led teams to 10 NCAA tournament appearances, with the first coming in 1988 at Weber State. The next nine were all at Washington State, including a trip to the Sweet 16 and two Elite Eight berths.
Fredrick was hired by UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood, who held the same post at Washington State while she was there from 1988-93.
As for Fredrick's only child, after hitting the game-winner against UNLV and then a crucial clinching trey to upset top-seeded Kansas two days later, he now plays professionally in Switzerland for SAM Massagno Basket.