Mike Fried enters his seventh season at the helm of the Wesleyan men’s and women’s tennis programs in 2018-19. Fried, who was named the interim head coach during the 2012-13 season and was elevated to head coach in June 2013, has guided the Cardinals to national prominence as they consistently rank within the top top-10 nationally in recent years.
During the 2017-18 campaign, Fried continued to raise the bar. The women's team posted its best season in program history while smashing records along the way. The Cardinals finished No. 5 in the country in the ITA Rankings – their highest finish ever – with a 14-4 overall record and a 7-2 NESCAC mark en route to their first-ever NCAA Tournament Elite 8 appearance. The seven conference wins were a program record. Individually, Eudice Chong ’18 became the first player in any NCAA Division to win four NCAA singles titles. She was named the NESCAC Player of the Year, ITA Player of the Year, and Honda DIII Women's Athlete of the Year. Fried also coached Victoria Yu '19 to the NCAA singles final, and Chong and Yu to the NCAA doubles final, earning them both singles and doubles All-America honors. Chong and Yu also teamed to win the fall ITA Regional Championships and the Oracle Cup; they then paired to beat the top teams from the University of North Carolina and University of Kentucky en route to the Division I Fall Nationals doubles quarterfinals.
On the men's side, Fried led the Cardinals to a No. 11 year-end national ranking, cementing the team as a top contender for the third year in a row. Wesleyan had seven NESCAC wins, while Steven Chen '18 and Andrew Finkelman '21 qualified for the NCAA singles tournament. Both received All-NESCAC and All-America honors. Looking to build on their success, the team returns multiple players from injury and welcomes the No. 2 nationally-ranked recruiting class in the fall of 2018.
In 2016-17, Fried led Wesleyan tennis to unprecedented heights. The men’s team posted its best season in program history as it set numerous records. The Cardinals finished No. 5 in the country in the final ITA Rankings – its highest finish ever – with a 15-4 overall record and an 8-1 NESCAC mark en route to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The 15 overall wins and eight conference victories were both program records, while the 8-1 mark in league play earned Wesleyan its first-ever NESCAC regular season title. Additionally, the Cardinals reached the NCAA Quarterfinals and Fried was named both the ITA Northeast and ITA National Coach of the Year.
On the women’s side, Wesleyan finished No. 8 in the final 2016-17 national rankings and returned to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for a second year in a row. Individually, Eudice Chong ’18 became the first player in Division III history to win three NCAA singles titles in a row. She also became the first women’s player since 2004 to win a singles and doubles title in the same year, as Chong and Victoria Yu ’19 claimed Wesleyan’s first-ever doubles championship. In all, Fried coached three All-Americans in 2016-17 (Steven Chen ’18, Chong and Yu).
During the 2015-16 season, Fried led the women’s team to the No. 8 national ranking and the men’s team to the No. 10 national ranking. The teams’ four-year move from unranked to inside the top-10, qualified both teams as the fastest rising programs in the country. In May, Fried led Chong to her second consecutive NCAA singles title and No. 1 ranking. He also guided Chong and her partner, Aashli Budhiraja ’18 to the NCAA doubles semifinals. The historic seasons featured the first NESCAC Championship wins in program history for both the men's and women's teams as well, while the women earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and reached the Sweet 16. Individually, Fried led three athletes to the NCAA singles championship, while two others were named alternates. In 2015-16, four players were named All-Americans under his tutelage (Chong, Budhiraja, Yu and Chen).
During the 2014-15 campaign, Fried recruited and coached Chong to the NCAA Division III singles title, the first in program history. Chong was also named the ITA and NESCAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. He also recruited and coached two men's and two women's All-Americans during the 2014-15 season – Chong, Helen Klass-Warch ’18, Michael Liu ’17 and Chen - the first women's All-Americans in women's program history, and the second and third All-Americans (and first since 1994) in men's program history. In 2014-15, he led the women's team to a national ranking of 17th and the men's team to a national ranking of 24th, both the highest in program history. His 2018 recruiting classes - freshmen during the 2014-15 campaign - were ranked second and third nationally in Division III on men’s and women’s sides, respectively.
During the 2013-14 season, Fried was honored by his coaching peers with NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. The men's year-end national ranking of 32nd in 2013 was the program's first-ever top-40 finish.
Fried adds tremendous playing and coaching experience to the Cardinal staff. A 1991 graduate of Brown University, where he was a four-year tennis team member, two-year captain, and No. 1 singles and doubles player, Fried was a national high school tennis All-American before attending Brown, and attained a No. 1 Eastern Tennis Association ranking in the men's open division. During his playing career, Fried posted wins over eventual Grand Slam winners Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Knowles and Donald Johnson, while also competing against other future pros such as Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.
Fried has had extensive tennis experience as a private coach and has worked as the development director at both the Macci International Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Fla. and the Seguso-Bassett (now Evert) Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. He has worked with top-ranked juniors from around the world, and coached players at ATP tour events in the United States and Europe.
Prior to his arrival at Wesleyan, Fried also worked for over 10 years on Wall Street as a trader and asset manager.