May 3, 2004
IOWA CITY, IA – Cindy Fredrick, a native Iowan who earned her master’s degree from the University of Iowa and previously served as a Hawkeye assistant coach, was named Monday as Iowa’s new head volleyball coach. The announcement was made by Iowa Athletics Director Bob Bowlsby. She becomes the seventh head coach in the program’s history.
“We are confident that the hiring of Cindy Fredrick speaks very clearly about the University of Iowa’s commitment to building a volleyball program that competes with the nation’s very best,” said Bowlsby. “Cindy has proven her ability to develop a program that competes for championships. She is, obviously, familiar with Iowa, familiar with our University and familiar with our culture. We firmly believe Cindy is the right person at the right time.”
“We are confident that the hiring of Cindy Fredrick speaks very clearly about the University of Iowa’s commitment to building a volleyball program that competes with the nation’s very best. Cindy has proven her ability to develop a program that competes for championships. She is, obviously, familiar with Iowa, familiar with our University and familiar with our culture. We firmly believe Cindy is the right person at the right time.”
UI Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby
Fredrick comes to the Hawkeyes after serving the previous 15 years as head coach at Washington State University. During her tenure, Fredrick compiled a 278-192 record, attaining more wins than any coach of a women’s sport in Cougar history. She led Washington State to 10 NCAA tournament appearances, including two Elite Eight and one Sweet 16 finish. In 1995 Fredrick was named Pac-10 and AVCA District VIII Coach of the Year after guiding Washington State to a national ranking of fifth, the highest ranking of any team, in men’s or women’s sports, in school history. She also recruited the only three all-Americans in Cougar volleyball history, setter Keri Killebrew (second team, 1992), setter Stephanie Papke (second team, 1996) and outside hitter Sarah Silvernail (second team, 1995 and first team, 1996). Silvernail was also named 1996 Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Prior to her tenure at Washington State, Fredrick served as head coach at Weber State, where she compiled a record of 86-60 in four seasons. In 1988 she led the Wildcats to a first place finish in the Big Sky Conference and an NCAA tournament appearance while earning Big Sky Coach of the Year honors. She has compiled a career record of 364-252 in her 19 years as a collegiate head coach.
Fredrick, a native of Waverly, IA, graduated from Augustana College (Rock Island, IL) with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1974. She earned her master’s degree in physical education from the University of Iowa in 1980. She served as an assistant volleyball coach for the Hawkeyes from 1982-84 under Sandy Stewart. Iowa placed third in the Big Ten Conference standings in both 1983 and 1984.
Fredrick also has strong ties throughout the state of Iowa. She served as the head coach for the 1985 United States Volleyball Association team for the state of Iowa that competed throughout Canada. She was the head coach of the USVA Junior Development team in eastern Iowa that won four state Midwest championships from 1983-85. She began her coaching career as the head coach at Davenport Central High School from 1974-82. Her most successful season came in 1981, when she led her squad to a 33-0 record and the state championship.