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 the 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.
Women’s Team Highlights:
- The historic 2018-19 season concluded with No. 1 Wesleyan capturing its first women’s team National Championship. The victory improved the Cardinals school record for most wins in a season with 20. En route to its title, Wesleyan concluded its home matches with an unblemished 10-0 mark, won its first Little Three title and its first NESCAC Championship. The NCAA Semifinal appearance was the first-ever for the Cardinals. Victoria Yu ’19 was named ITA Senior Player of the Year, while Fried was tabbed Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year. Individually, Fried led Venia Yeung ’22 to the NCAA singles final, while sister duo Victoria and Kristina Yu competed in the doubles quarterfinals. Yeung and Yu sisters all earned All-American status, while Victoria Yu was an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
- The 2017-18 campaign was a record-smashing year for the Cardinals. Wesleyan finished No. 5 in the country – their highest finish ever – with a 14-4 overall record and a program-record seven conference victories. The squad advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 for the first time in program history. On the individual side, Eudice Chong ‘18 became the first player in any NCAA Division to win four NCAA singles titles. She was named NESCAC Player of the Year, ITA Player of the Year and Honda DIII Women’s Athlete of the Year. Fried also guided Victoria Yu ’19 to the NCAA singles final, and the Chong/Yu tandem to the NCAA doubles final, earning both of them All-America honors. The Chong and Yu duo also won the fall ITA Regional Championships and the Oracle Cup, before beating the top teams from the University of North Carolina and University of Kentucky en route to the Division I Fall Nationals doubles quarterfinals. Additionally, Chong won the fall ITA Regional Championship and ITA Oracle Cup in singles.
- Wesleyan finished No. 8 in the final 2016-17 national rankings, having returned to the Sweet 16 for the second-straight year. Individually, Chong became the first player in Division III history to win three NCAA singles titles in a row. Additionally, Chong was 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, as both players earned ITA All-American accolades.
- In 2015-16, the No. 8 Cardinals qualified for the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history, advancing to the Sweet 16. During individual competition, Chong won her second consecutive NCAA singles title, while Chong and her partner, Aashli Budhiraja ’18, advanced to the NCAA doubles semifinals, both earning ITA All-America honors.
- During the 2014-15 season, Fried guided the women’s team back to the NESCAC Tournament for the first time since 2008, as they finished with a national ranking of 17th and an 11-4 overall record. Individually, Fried led Eudice Chong ’18 to the program’s first NCAA Division III singles title, as she was also named the ITA and NESCAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Chong and Helen Klass-Warch ’18 were named the first Wesleyan women’s tennis All-Americans.
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.