MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2017 Division III National Award Winners, and named Wesleyan University head tennis coach Mike Fried the Wilson/ITA Men's Coach of the Year following a historic season for the Cardinals.
In Fried's short stint at Wesleyan, he's brought both the men's and women's tennis teams into national prominence. The men's program finished the 2017 campaign with a 15-4 overall record and an 8-1 NESCAC mark. The 15 overall wins and eight conference victories are both program records, while the Cardinals claimed the NESCAC regular-season title for the first time ever.
Additionally, Wesleyan qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and advanced all the way to the Quarterfinals. The Cardinals also knocked off top-ranked Middlebury earlier in the season for their first win ever over a No. 1 team, and defeated Little Three foe and then-No. 9 Williams for the first time since 1972. Wesleyan finished the regular season ranked No. 5 nationally, which is its highest mark in program history.
Fried was also recently named the 2017 Division III Northeast Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year, and helped guide Steven Chen '18 to his second consecutive All-America honor.
On the women's side, Fried led the Cardinals to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as they finished the year with a 12-5 overall record. Wesleyan ranked No. 7 in the national polls at the end of the regular season. Additionally, Fried has coached the two-time national singles champion, Eudice Chong '18, who is looking for her third straight this weekend, as well as All-American Victoria Yu '19.