Cindy Fredrick Leaving WSU For Iowa

May 3, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Cindy Fredrick, the head coach of the Washington State University volleyball team for the past 15 years, has resigned to become the head coach at the University of Iowa, Jim Sterk, WSU Director of Athletics announced today.

Fredrick, a native of Waverly, Iowa, earned a master's degree at the University of Iowa in physical education in 1980, and broke into the collegiate coaching ranks in 1982 as assistant volleyball coach for the Hawkeyes.

In her 15 years at Washington State, Fredrick compiled more wins than any coach of a women's sport in WSU history with a record of 278 - 192 (.591). She reached 20-plus wins in seven seasons and took teams to the NCAA Championships tournament nine times. Fredrick's 1996 and 2002 teams reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and both squads ended their seasons ranked No. 7 nationally.

'I'm excited about the future of Cougar volleyball, thanks to the hard work and efforts of Cindy and Farokh over the past 15 years,' offered Sterk, who is currently attending Pacific-10 Conference meetings in Phoenix. 'They placed Cougar volleyball on the national map as a respected and competitive program. I wish them the very best at Iowa and look forward to finding their replacement, beginning immediately with a national search. We will look for the best candidate and the best possible fit to lead the Washington State program.'

'We have been at Washington State for 15 years,' Cindy Fredrick said before leaving for Iowa Monday. 'This has been our home and our son Ali doesn't know any other home. I look back on the marvelous kids we've had an opportunity to work with and the kids who have really built this program. It's just been an amazing group of kids.'

Fredrick's husband, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh, has been her assistant coach throughout her 19-year career and will continue as associate head coach at Iowa. Assistant Jennifer Greeny, who is expecting the birth of her first child later this month, had announced earlier this spring she would not continue coaching.

Senior-to-be Alison Billingsley, a three-year volleyball letterwinner said, 'We understand this job means going home to Iowa for Cindy and being near her family is important to her. This is the only job that would take her away from Washington State University.'

'We leave Washington State with great memories,' Fredrick reflected. 'One of the best was during our third year when we experienced the thrill of beating Washington for the first time. We will also remember many of the other 'firsts' - the first time we beat UCLA, the first time we beat USC, the first time we beat USC at USC, the first NCAA Tournament bid, and then who can possibly forget the first time we beat Stanford and went to the Elite Eight.'

'Another memory I have is when Bohler Gym was renovated and dedicated to volleyball,' added the departing coach. 'There was a tremendous sense of pride in knowing I had a little bit to do with that decision. I will forever be grateful to Marcia Saneholtz for hiring me and to (former WSU AD) Jim Livengood for taking a chance on a wise-alec young coach. And President Sam Smith was truly the best human being I've ever worked for.'

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