Fredrick - mother of Northern Iowa NCAA tourney hero - hired as UNLV volleyball coach

Veteran coach is mother of former Northern Iowa gunner Ali Farokhmanesh, who sank Rebels in 2010 NCAA tourney

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UNI guard Ali Farokhmanesh signals his game winning three-point shot as he pushes his way past UNLV guard Tre'Von Willis during their first round NCAA Basketball Tournament game Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma Ctiy. UNI won the game 69-66 on a last second three-point shot.

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.

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  1. Horrible hire. Get ready for . . . more mediocrity. Luther College? Isn't that basically the University of Phoenix volleyball team? She had some success at bigger schools a long time ago. Ages ago. When you see someone acheive success at bigger schools (20 years ago) and then incrementally make their way down the ladder to Luther College, it's because she's no longer relevant to serious programs. UNLV just basically hired a hand-me-down coach from Johnny Junior High. At least she's going to retire in the Sun Belt with a nice state-school pension.

  2. Actually, if you knew anything about Cindy, you'd be very excited about this hire. She quit her job at Iowa and took the job at Luther so she and her husband would have time to follow Ali's senior year at UNI. He's their only child, so UNLV will get the benefit of Cindy's full attention.

    She did a good job of pulling a moribund Iowa volleyball program out of the dumps, although with UNI and Iowa State both national volleyball powerhouses, it was #3 in the state of Iowa.

  3. This hire is even worse than I originally thought. This coach was practically forced out of a previous job after seven players quit or transferred to other schools during one season. It looks like UNLV failed to conduct its due dilligence on this one. Hello? Background check? This is not what UNLV needs. I hope the LV Sun reporter will also conduct due dilligence and look further into coach Frederick's beleaguered past. See these links for more info:

  4. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks UNLV totally botched this hire. She coached at the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Fitness Center prior to coaching at the big-time school of . . . Luther College? This is what the volleyball cognoscenti are saying about Coach Frederick in the blogosphere:

    1. "Frederick with her whopping 9-71 Big 10 record could possibly move the program backward."

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    2. "Interesting to note that Luther was 26-12 in 2009 the year before." ( And then she leads them to a good 17-17) Nice!

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    3. "Cindy distinguished herself from a field of highly qualified coaches from around the country," said Jeff Higgins, UNLV Associate Athletics Director and Search Committee Chair. "We are excited to welcome her into the UNLV Athletics family."

    While Fredrick was at Luther, the team was 17-17. Prior to that, she was the assistant director of the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.

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  5. Now I get it. I could not, for the life of me, understand why UNLV AD Jim Livengood would make this hire. Turns out that Coach Frederick's husband, who is her assistant coach, played basketball at BYU. Who else attended BYU? Wait for it . . .wait for it . . . Jim Livengood! This reeks of nepotism and smells a lot like when former BYU AD Val Hale hired his BYU buddy Garry Crowton to be the head coach of BYU's football team. Crowton was selected over Andy Reed. Yes, that Andy Reed - head coach of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. (Ever heard of it?) That was the darkest era of BYU football, and both Hale and Crowton were ultimately fired and exposed as abject failures. Here's to Livengood and Frederick going down in similar fashion . . . incest never ends well.

  6. why are you so invested in this hire discosis? Livengood has yet to do UNLV wrong. If he hires a bust it reflects poorly on him regardless of their previous ties. Give it a rest.

  7. @Discosis: In case you haven't figured to out yet, nobody cares about UNLV Girl's Volleyball. It doesn't matter who the coach is. If they win, cool. If the girls go to class and get an education, even better. But don't expect a message board to light up because you don't like the new coach.