Washington State University volleyball and coach Cindy Fredrick have become synonymous with success.
The animated and energetic Fredrick has accumulated ten post-season tournament appearances for the Cougars to her credit. Last year’s senior-dominated Cougar team advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament after playing in the first and second rounds the previous two years. The 2002 Cougar team ended the season ranked No. 7 nationally with a 24-8 overall record and tied for third in the Pac-10 with an 11-7 mark.
Fredrick has compiled more wins that any coach of a women’s sport in WSU history. She has a 269-172 (.610) record in her 14 years at WSU, including seven seasons with 20-plus wins. Fredrick has an overall record of 355-232 (.605) in 18 years of collegiate coaching. Among active coaches in the Pacific-10 Conference, Fredrick is the third winningest coach.
The only three All-American’s in WSU’s volleyball history were Fredrick recruits: setter Keri Killebrew received second team honors in 1992; setter Stephanie Papke was selected to the second team in 1996; outside hitter Sarah Silvernail, was tapped to the second team in 1995 and earned first team accolades in 1996, as well as being selected the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Silvernail went on to play after college in the United States Professional Volleyball League and the US National team and was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2002.
You can add LaToya Harris to this list of former Cougar greats. The three-time All-Pac-10 First Team selection rewrote many of the WSU volleyball records including being the top server with 143 career aces, and third on both the all-time kills (1,459) and digs (1,178) lists.
The Fredrick era at WSU had a familiar theme in the 90s: post-season playoffs. The 1991 season was WSU’s first-ever NCAA volleyball appearance as Fredrick guided the WSU squad to a 23-12 season record. Her 1992 Cougar squad rallied to a 27-10 record and the National Invitational Volleyball Championship as WSU roared through the NIVC Tournament with a record-setting 18 straight game victories. In 1993, Cougar volleyball became the first WSU women’s team to advance out of the first round of an NCAA Championship Tournament. The 1994 season saw Cougar volleyball take its third trip to the NCAA Championship tournament.
While the 1995 team was one of WSU’s most successful with a 22-7 overall record and a second place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference, it may have been the benchmark for Fredrick. Coaching a team she nicknamed the “Baby Bombers” because freshmen and sophomores dominated the roster, Fredrick was voted Pac-10 and AVCA District VIII Coach of the Year. The 1995 Cougar team achieved the highest national ranking (fifth) of any team, men’s or women’s, in any sport in WSU history.
Washington State tallied a 27-6 record in 1996, were 14-4 and second in the Pac-10, finished ranked seventh nationally, and were undefeated on its home court of Bohler Gym, winning 14 consecutive matches that stretched to 22 in the 1997 season. The 1996 Cougar team made history as the first WSU women’s team to advance past the second round of an NCAA tournament, losing in an Elite Eight match to eventual national champion Stanford in the Pacific Regional final. The 1997 volleyball squad advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and ended with a 26-7 record. The 1998 team was kept from post-season play only when All-American candidate (now WSU assistant coach) Jennifer Stinson severely dislocated her ankle mid-season.
In the past ten seasons (1991-97, 2000-02) of playing in Bohler Gym, WSU volleyball has compiled an outstanding 187-77 record at home (.708) and has been ranked among the top 25 school nationally for attendance. She signed her second long-term contract that will keep her coaching the Cougars through June of 2007.
“I don’t think there are too many other places, across the country, where volleyball is as well-supported financially, administratively, and by the students and community. WSU offers a great volleyball experience for everyone.”
Fredrick, a native of Waverly, Iowa, completed her undergraduate studies at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, in 1974 and received a B.A. degree in Physical Education. She continued her studies at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she earned a masters degree in Physical Education in 1980. Her initial foray into coaching was as head volleyball coach at Davenport Central High School, Davenport, Iowa, from 1974-82. Her 1981 squad achieved a perfect 33-0 season record and captured the state championship title. She assumed head coaching responsibilities with the United States Volleyball Association Junior Development team in Eastern Iowa from 1983-85. That team won four State Midwest Championships during her tenure.
Fredrick broke into the collegiate coaching ranks in 1982 when she was hired as assistant volleyball coach at the University of Iowa. During her three years at Iowa (1982-85) the team compiled a 55-43 overall record and two third place finishes in the Big Ten Conference (1983, 1984).
In 1985, Fredrick was named head coach at Weber State where she served until coming to WSU. The Wildcats compiled a 86-60 record in her four seasons at the helm. Fredrick was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year. Each year under Fredrick's guidance, the Weber State program displayed steady improvement, advancing from a 1985 sixth place finish in the Mountain West Conference to a first place Big Sky Conference finish in 1988. That 1988 Weber State squad accumulated a 32-8 record and an NCAA championship berth.
Fredrick has also found success outside the volleyball court. Locally, she was co-chair of the Pullman Unified School District’s 1995 levy election. Fredrick also co-chaired the Campaign WSU Faculty/Staff Fund Drive, leading the Cougar Athletics Department to 81% participation, the highest of the 23 WSU areas involved in the annual scholarship drive. She is a member of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and the Pullman Police Advisory Board. Known for her sharp wit and effervescence, Fredrick is a regular speaker at area Rotary, Lions and other service clubs as well as at conferences concerned with women’s sports and gender equity.
Respected by her peers, Fredrick served for nearly three years as the president of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (1998-2001). She has served as master of ceremonies at several AVCA All-America banquets, and was a member of the 1997 selection committee for the U.S. National and World University women’s volleyball teams. She has modeled in charity fashion shows, plays in numerous fund-raising golf tournaments, and provides a youth volleyball program called “Little Spikers” that attracts over 100 grade-school aged children every fall. An accomplished vocalist, she is frequently requested to sing at weddings and church services.
Coach Fredrick is married to Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh, a WSU assistant volleyball coach, and they have a 15-year-old son, Ali Fredrick Farokhmanesh.
HIGH SCHOOL: Waverly-Shell Rock '70, Waverly, Iowa. Participated on women's tennis team.
COLLEGE: Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois) '74 - Received B.A. in Physical Education...participated on women's tennis team. University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) '80 - Earned master's degree in Physical Education...Physical education and tennis instructor.
HUSBAND: Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh
CHILDREN: Ali Fredrick Farokhmanesh (4/16/88)
Cindy Fredrick's Career Record
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