Ricky Fried is now in his 16th season at the helm of the Hoya program after serving as a Georgetown assistant coach in 2003 and 2004.
In his first 15 seasons, Fried has led the Hoyas to a 163-113 overall record and an 83-20 record in BIG EAST regular season games. During the 2014 season, he became the winningest coach in program history following a 13-6 win over Temple on April 19.
Under Fried, Georgetown has earned seven BIG EAST regular season titles, made six trips to the BIG EAST Championship Game, winning in 2010 and 2019, and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament nine times, reaching the quarterfinals twice.
Fried has coached 23 All-Americans as well as the National Goalie of the Year, two BIG EAST Attackers of the Year, four Midfielders of the Year and five Defensive Players of the Year to go along with 86 All-BIG EAST first and second team selections. Additionally, he and his staff have won BIG EAST Staff of the Year on two occasions.
In 2019, Georgetown finished 12-9 earning the program's 16th NCAA Tournament berth by winning GU’s second BIG EAST Championship in an exciting 9-8 double overtime thriller against top-seeded Denver. It was the Blue & Gray’s 13th-consecutive trip to the BIG EAST postseason. In the NCAA Tournament, GU downed Penn 13-12 in double overtime before falling to Syracuse in the second round. Georgetown had nine All-BIG EAST honorees as well as three Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coach's Association (IWLCA) All-South Region honorees and one All-American in midfielder Francesca Whitehurst.
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 in to a Division I Top 20 program after aiding in the transition from a strong D-III program.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Fried was an All-America 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 and serving a season as an assistant at his alma mater. He also played professionally with the Philadelphia Wings from 1989-92 and 1997 and the Baltimore Thunder from 1993-94.
Fried is also active in the IWLCA and is the organization's vice president, on the board of directors and on a tournament working group after previously serving on the ethics committee. Currently, he is the chair of the Regional All-American Committee and is a member of the Tewaaraton Trophy Committee. Recently, he won the Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award recognizing lifetime achievement to the game of women’s lacrosse.
After serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Elite Team for three years, Fried was named the head coach of the national team in August 2009. He held the position until fall 2017.
After leading Team USA to an undefeated gold medal in 2013 at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, his position was renewed through 2017. It marked his second World Cup gold after winning in the summer of 2009 as an assistant in Prague, Czech Republic. He won his final two gold medals in the summer of 2017 at the FIL World Cup in Guildford, England and the X World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.
Fried also served as the head coach of the Philadelphia Fire of the WPLL for two seasons.
He, his wife Halyna, and their children, Jack (16) and Paige (14), reside in Columbia, Maryland.