Mike Fried enters his eighth season at the helm of the Wesleyan men’s and women’s tennis programs in 2019-20. During his time with the Cardinals, he has led both teams to unprecedented success, including the University’s first women’s team NCAA Championship in 2019.
Over the course of his eight years, Fried has guided both teams from unranked status to consistently ranked among the top teams in the country. In 2019, he became one of two coaches to have ever been named the ITA Coach of the Year for both men’s (2017) and women’s (2019) teams.
Fried has delivered recruiting classes ranked in the top-10 nationally in five of the past six years, including the nations second-ranked class for men in 2018 and the top recruiting class for the women in 2019. During his time, he has coached 42 All-NESCAC selections and 25 All-America honorees, while both of his teams have been recognized with Academic All-America accolades in each of his years.
Men’s Team Highlights:
- The 2018-19 season was a historic one for the Cardinals, as they finished the year ranked No. 6 in the nation, while eclipsing a program-record 16 wins en route to the program’s second trip to the Elite Eight. Individually, Wesleyan qualified a program-best three individual selections for the NCAA Individual Championships. The Cardinal doubles duo Noah Lilienthal ’22 and Adrian Roji ’21 advanced to the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, which marked the first Championship appearance of any tandem in men’s history. Andrew Finkelman ’21, Lilienthal and Roji all earned All-American honors, while Lilienthal was named ITA Rookie of the Year.
- Wesleyan finished the 2017-18 campaign with a national ranking of 11th. On the individual side, Steven Chen ’18 and Finkelman qualified for the NCAA singles tournament, as both garnered All-NESCAC and All-America accolades.
- In 2016-17, the men’s team finished as the fifth team in the country in the final ITA rankings – its highest finish ever – and advanced to the NCAA Championship tournament for the first time in program history. 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. At the conclusion of the season, Fried was tabbed Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year.
- The 2015-16 team finished No. 10 in the country, while advancing to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time ever. Chen and Michael Liu ’17 earned All-America honors.
- In 2014-15, Chen and Liu became the first Cardinals to earn ITA All-America honors since 1994 and were just the second and third players in men’s tennis history.
- The Cardinals earned their first national rankings in 2013-14, finishing the year at No. 32. At the conclusion of Fried’s inaugural season, he was honored by his coaching peers with NESCAC Co-Coach of the Year honors.
A 1991 graduate of Brown University, Fried was a four-year starter, two-year captain, and the No. 1 singles and doubles player. Prior to Brown, Fried earned national high school tennis All-American honors and attained a No. 1 Eastern Tennis Association ranking in the men's open division. During his playing career, Fried posted wins over eventual three eventual Grand Slam winners and competed 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 worked for over 10 years on Wall Street.