July 15, 2009

Fried Named Head Coach of U.S. Women's Team

from press release

BALTIMORE -- The US Lacrosse Women's Division Board of Governors voted to approve the recommendation of the National Teams Coach Selection committee to name Ricky Fried as the 2009-2013 U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach. Fried was selected after a six month-long selection process, which concluded following the 2009 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, where Fried served as one of the assistant coaches to the gold medal winning U.S. team.

"After the gold-medal success of our women's World Cup team this June, we look forward to working with Ricky Fried over the next four years to build upon the strong foundation that US Lacrosse and its national team program has developed," said Ann Carpenetti, US Lacrosse's women's division director. "As the head coach at Georgetown University and as a coaching staff member of the 2009 U.S. World Cup Team, Ricky has shown that he is a proven leader and successful coach in the women's collegiate and international lacrosse world who is both respected and admired by his players and his peers. His strengths, as recognized by the selection committee included his experience in women's lacrosse, his commitment to growing the sport and desire to keep learning and teaching the game and finally, his character and integrity."

"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the next U.S. Team," said Fried. "After this past World Cup experience, I am very grateful to my predecessor, Sue Heether, for giving me the opportunity to work and learn at the international level. It was a fantastic experience and we will work hard to build on this past team's success."

In five seasons as the head coach at Georgetown, Fried has led the Hoyas to a record of 62-30, three Big East conference championships and two trips to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2009, the Hoyas went 13-6 and reached the NCAA tournament. Before becoming the head coach at Georgetown, Fried was an assistant coach at the school in 2003 and 2004.

Prior to Georgetown, Fried was an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University for nine seasons. While at the school, Fried served as the recruiting coordinator and helped build Hopkins into a Division I Top 20 program.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), Fried was an All-American midfielder for the Retrievers lacrosse team. As a senior, he served as team captain, was named the team's Most Valuable Player and earned the team's Leadership Award. He was named to UMBC's All-Time Team in 1990. Fried arrived at Hopkins following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at the Gilman School. He also played professionally with the Philadelphia Wings from 1989 through 1992 and the Baltimore Thunder from 1993 through 1994 and 1997.

Fried is also active in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and is currently the organization's vice president. He serves on its ethics and recruiting tournaments committees. Additionally, he is the chair of the Regional All-American Committee and is a member of the Tewaaraton Trophy Selection Committee.

Fried's first duty will be to oversee the U.S. women's developmental team tryouts at UMBC, August 1-3. In the coming months, a selection committee will appoint a U.S. women's developmental team head coach and U.S. U-19 women's national team head coach.

The U.S. women's national teams program is administered by US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport. deBeer Lacrosse is the official exclusive equipment and apparel supplier to the U.S. women's national teams program.

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