Named faculty head coach of men's and women's tennis in June, 2013, Mike Fried completed his elevation through the Cardinal tennis coaching ranks. He holds the rank of adjunct assistant professor. Mike served as interim head coach of both men's and women's tennis at Wesleyan for the 2012-13 season as a visiting instructor in physical education. Before that, he served as interim head coach of women's tennis for the 2012 spring campaign. He joined the Cardinal coaching staff for the first time in the spring of 2011 as an assistant coach for both men and women. Thus he is directing the women's squad for a fourth time in 2014-15 and the men for a third time.
Guiding the men to a first-ever appearance in the NESCAC tournament in 2013, Mike was honored by his coaching peers with NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. Wesleyan's men ended the year ranked ninth among Division III teams in the Northeast and reached as high as 26th in the country. Mike's incoming 2018 men's class of talent has been ranked second nationally and tops in the NESCAC by the Tennis Recruiting Network while his incoming women's group is ranked third nationally and second in the NESCAC.
Mike 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 #1 singles and doubles player, Mike was a national high school tennis All-American before attending Brown and attained a #1 Eastern Tennis Association in the men's open ranking. During his playing career, Mike 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.
Michael 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.