TEMPE, Ariz. – Wesleyan University men's tennis head coach Mike Fried was named the 2017 Division III Northeast Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, while Steven Chen '18 was named the ITA Player to Watch, as announced Thursday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Fried has guided the Cardinals to national prominence in just his fifth season with the program. Wesleyan ranks No. 5 in the country, and boasts a 15-3 overall record. The team qualified for the NCAA Division III Team Championships for the first time in program history, and have advanced to the national quarterfinals.
The Cardinals also finished 8-1 during the regular season in NESCAC play to win their first regular-season title ever. Earlier this year, Wesleyan earned its first win in program history against a No. 1 team in the country as it defeated Middlebury, 5-4. The Cardinals' 15 overall victories are also a program-best.
Fried has relied on the consistent and strong play of Chen, the team's No. 1 singles player. A First Team All-NESCAC selection, Chen qualified for the NCAA Division III Individual Championships for the second year in a row, and currently boasts a 12-4 record in dual-match play this season, all from the No. 1 spot. He is also 10-4 in No. 3 doubles.
Wesleyan returns to the courts Monday, May 22 for its NCAA Quarterfinals matchup against No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The match is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.