Cindy Fredrick is in her fourth season as head coach of the Iowa volleyball team.
The Hawkeyes have improved in every facet of the game since Fredrick arrived in 2004. In the first year of the Fredrick Era, the Hawkeyes began laying the foundation of a successful program. The team not only improved both their overall and Big Ten Conference record, but became more competitive in every aspect in the game. The coaching staff worked hard to instill a new winning attitude in the team, which helped the Hawkeyes to an 8-3 start.
The Hawkeyes continued to make strides in 2005 recording more wins (14), Big Ten wins (4), kills (1,709), assists (1,527), service aces (161) and blocks (252) than Fredrick's first year. There were plenty of highlights on the year, including an 11-4 start and the team's first win over in-state rival Northern Iowa in 16 years.
Individually, Fredrick guided Catherine Smale to a spot on the Big Ten all-Freshman team in 2005 - the first Hawkeye to earn that honor. The coaching staff also made great strides in recruiting, pulling in the 30th-ranked class in the nation according to prepvolleyball.com.
The Hawkeyes broke two school attendance records during the 2006 season. Iowa averaged 1,008 fans, which broke the single-season average attendance record. Fredrick and her Hawkeyes also drew 1,690 fans to the Iowa State match, which shattered the single-match attendance school record. Fredrick and the Hawkeyes won 11 of their first 12 matches, including nine in a row.
Turning mediocre volleyball programs into winning programs has been a big part of Fredrick's past, most recently as head coach at Washington State University. During her 15 year tenure at Washington State, Fredrick earned more wins than any coach of a women's sport with a 278-192 record and in seven seasons she had 20 or more wins. In 1995, after guiding her squad to a national ranking of fifth, the highest rank of any men's or women's team in school history, she was named Pac-10 and AVCA District VIII Coach of the Year. Fredrick also led the Cougars to ten NCAA tournament appearances, including two Elite Eight finishes and one Sweet 16 berth. In 1992 her squad was the NIVC Champions. In the 2002 NCAA tournament, the Cougars posted a 3-0 victory over Northern Iowa to advance to the Elight Eight.
Fredrick's success also translated into individual accolades for three of her players. Fredrick recruited the only three all-Americans in Cougar volleyball history, setter Keri Killebrew (second team, 1992), setter Stephanie Papke (second team, 1996) and middle hitter Sarah Silvernail (second team, 1995 and first team, 1996). Silvernail was also named 1996 Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Prior to coaching at Washington State, Fredrick coached at Weber State (Ogden, UT). When Fredrick first took over the Wildcat program in 1985, she led her team to a sixth place finish in the Mountain West Conference. By the time she left after the 1988 season, her team had finished first in the Big Sky Conference, earned an NCAA tournament birth and Fredrick was named Big Sky Coach of the Year. Fredrick also guided Mt. Vernon, IA, native Kim Benesh to Big Sky Player of the Year honors. She left Weber State with a benchmark 86-60 record in four seasons.
Fredrick's first collegiate coaching experience came as an assistant at the University of Iowa from 1982-84 under Sandy Stewart. The 1983 squad finished with a 22-9 record, which stood as the school's winningest record until 1994. The 1983 and 1984 Hawkeyes also placed third in the Big Ten Conference standings.
Fredrick's volleyball ties to the state of Iowa run deeper than just the University of Iowa. Fredrick began her coaching career as the head coach at Davenport Central High School from 1974-82. In 1981, she led her squad to a 33-0 season record and a state championship. From 1983-1985 she was head coach of the USVA Junior Development team in eastern Iowa that won four state Midwest championships. In the summer of 1985, Fredrick was named head coach for the United States Volleyball Association team for the state of Iowa that competed throughout Canada.
Fredrick, along with husband and associate head coach Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh, have one son, Ali. He will be a sophomore at Kirkwood Community College and plays basketball.