Michael Fried, who served as head women's tennis coach at Wesleyan during spring 2012, has been named interim head coach of both the men's and women's teams for the 2012-13 season, Athletics Director Mike Whalen announced recently. Fried added tremendous playing and coaching experience to Wesleyan when he joined the staff as an assistant during spring 2011, and served as primary assistant for both the Cardinal men's and women's squads for the fall, 2011 campaign before assuming the reins of the women's team.
A 1991 graduate of Brown University, where he was a four-year tennis team member, two-year captain, and #1 singles and doubles player, Fried 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, 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.
"Wesleyan is fortunate to have Michael available to handle both the men's and women's programs as interim head coach," Mike Whalen stated. "He did an excellent job directing our women this past spring after gaining knowledge of our programs for a year under Ken Alrutz. We thank Ken for his eight years of service and know the transition to Michael for the 2012-13 season will be a seamless one."