Ali Farokhmanesh

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Ali Farokhmanesh
Ali Farokhmanesh in 2011
Drake Bulldogs
Position Assistant Coach
League MVC
Personal information
Born (1988-04-16) April 16, 1988 (age 29)
Pullman, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Iowa City West
(Iowa City, Iowa)
College Indian Hills CC (2006–2007)
Kirkwood CC (2007–2008)
Northern Iowa (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Playing career 2010–2014
Position Shooting guard / point guard
Number 5
Coaching career 2017–present
Career history
As player:
2010–2011 SAM Massagno
2011–2013 WBC Raiffeisen Wels
2013–2014 SPM Shoeters Den Bosch
As coach:
2014–2016 Nebraska (GA)
2016–2017 Nebraska (Dir. of Player Development)
2017–present Drake (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Ali Fredrick Farokhmanesh (born April 16, 1988) is an American former professional basketball player and current college coach. He was born in Pullman, Washington, where he attended high school at Pullman High School for two years before moving to Iowa and attending West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. He then attended junior college at Indian Hills Community College and Kirkwood Community College before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa. In 2014, he stopped playing professionally, when he became an assistant coach for Nebraska Cornhuskers.[1]

He gained nationwide fame in the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a member of the Northern Iowa Panthers men's basketball team, when he hit a crucial 3-point shot that helped UNI upset top overall seed Kansas in the second round.[2] His heroics, which came two days after hitting the game-winning three-point shot against UNLV in the first round of the tournament, led to an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated.[3] This has led to popular usage of the phrase, "What the Farokhmanesh?"[4]

Personal life[edit]

Farokhmanesh is of mixed European and Iranian descent. His father, Mashallah, was born in Borujerd and was a member of the Iranian men's national volleyball team, before immigrating to the United States in 1977, where he played for professional teams and eventually became a coach.[5] Mashallah married Ali's mother, Cindy Fredrick, who has been the head coach for the women's volleyball team at the University of Iowa since 2004. Before moving to Iowa, Fredrick was the head coach of the Washington State University's women's volleyball team for 15 years, where she had a record of 278 wins and 192 losses. Cindy and her husband briefly coached at small Luther College.[6] Cindy and Mashallah now both coach the UNLV women's volleyball team as head coach and assistant coach, respectively.[7] In 2014, Farokhmanesh married the former Mallory Husz. They have a son, Tai Alan.


After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, Farokhmanesh signed a deal to play for SAM Massagno Basket, an LNB Division A team based in Massagno, Switzerland.[8][9]

In 2011, Farokhmanesh signed with the Austrian team WBC Raiffeisen Wels. His contract was renewed in June 2012.[10] Farokhmanesh averaged 13.7 points per game in Austria.

On August 14, 2013 he signed with SPM Shoeters Den Bosch in the Netherlands.[11] In April, Farokhmanesh won the DBL Sixth Man of the Year award.[12]

In 2014, he stopped playing professionally, when he became a graduate assistant at Nebraska.[13] In 2016, head coach Tim Miles promoted Farokhmanesh to director of player relations and development.[14] On April 28, 2017, Farokhmanesh joined the Drake men's basketball program as an assistant coach for Niko Medved.[15]


Netherlands SPM Shoeters Den Bosch


  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game  FG%  Field goal percentage
 3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game
 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high     Led the league

Regular season

2010–11 Switzerland SAM Massagno Basket LNBA 30 33.9 .543 .480 .865 2.2 3.1 2.3 0.0 19.5
2011–12 Austria WBC Raiffeisen Wels ÖBL 36 29.3 .497 .497 .761 1.9 3.4 0.8 0.0 13.6
2012–13 Austria WBC Raiffeisen Wels ÖBL 32 34.7 .505 .415 .828 3.5 3.9 1.3 0.0 13.7
2013–14 Netherlands SPM Shoeters Den Bosch DBL 35 26.0 .506 .376 .818 1.6 2.0 1.0 0.0 9.8


  1. ^ Nebraska hires ex-March Madness star Ali Farokhmanesh as assistant
  2. ^ Caldwell, Dave (2010-03-20). "Northern Iowa Coolly Upsets No. 1 Seed Kansas". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "UNI on cover of Sports Illustrated". 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  4. ^ "What the Farokhmanesh?". CU basketball with Ryan Thorburn. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh". Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Cindy Fredrick". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  7. ^ Cindy Fredrick & Mashallah Farokhmanesh,, accessed March 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Farokhmanesh, Koch sign pro basketball contracts". 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Presentation of Ali Farokhmanesh". SAM Massagno Basket. 
  10. ^ "Farokhmanesh stays put, renews contract in Wels". USA Today. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  11. ^ "Alli Farokhmanesh to SPM Shoeters" (in Dutch). Basketball Plus. August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Meeste seizoensprijzen naar GasTerra Flames". iBasketball (in Dutch). 2014-04-22. Archived from the original on 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  13. ^ Nebraska hires ex-March Madness star Ali Farokhmanesh as assistant
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