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Wesleyan University - Tennis
Wesleyan University - Tennis
 
 
 

COACHES

Head Coach Mike Fried

Named faculty head coach of men's and women's tennis in June, 2013, Mike Fried holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education. He 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.

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, qualifies both teams as the fastest rising programs in the country. In May, Fried led Eudice Chong ’18 to the NCAA singles title, repeating her freshman year achievement of national champion and No. 1 player in the country. Fried also led Chong and her partner, Aashli Budhiraja ’18 to the NCAA doubles semifinals. The historic seasons also featured the first NESCAC Championship wins in program history for both the men's and women's teams, 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, Victoria Yu '19 and Steve Chen '18).

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.

 

Assistant Coach Steve Rogers

Joining the Wesleyan staff as an assistant to both the men’s and women’s teams in the spring of 2016, Steve Rogers brings over 20 years of high performance coaching experience to the Cardinal program. Rogers has worked as a hitting coach for WTA and ATP players such as Maria Sharapova, Daniella Hantuchova, Jelena Jankovic and Paul Henri Mathieu at the IMG/Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He has also worked as a travel coach for world-ranked ITF and USTA juniors. In addition to being a top player in his own right, Rogers holds four certifications; PTR Certified Performance Coach, Pat Etcheberry Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, RPT Certified in Spanish Teaching Method and Certified Mental Coach. In the off season, Rogers is the Co-Founder/Academy Director for the Inspire Tennis Academy in Rocky Hill, CT. Rogers coaches nationally and sectionally ranked juniors in New England. Rogers also currently resides on the Connecticut USTA Board for Performance.