WCU Improves to 5-4 on the Season
WCU downed Hampton 7-0 in Tennis Action
Freshman Caitlin Ward joins the 2018 squad
Jacy Smith and Julia Pezzuco signed NLIs to continue their careers at Western Carolina
Freshman Madison Riley moved within two singles victories of tying the WCU program record for wins in a season
He along with head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins have steadily improved the WCU women's tennis program over the past three seasons including setting a record for most wins in a season in 2016 with 12. The pair helped guide Stacia Kissell to First Team All-Southern Conference honors in their very first year on the job and helped Kissell repeat the honor as a senior in 2016. Kissell was the first Catamount in program history to earn first team honors and now stands as the only two-time all-conference honoree in program history.
The pair have helped rewrite the WCU record book with five of their student-athletes holding top-10 single season victories in Western Carolina history including Stacia Kissell holding the top spot with 16 victories in 2014 and 2016. They also helped guide Shannon Bettiol to the most doubles victories in a season with 13 in 2016. Four of the top-five spots on the career singles victories chart at WCU are held by players the pair have coached including the career leader Stacia Kissell who compiled 37 victories at WCU in just three seasons.
The 12-11 record in 2016 marked the first winning season in WCU history since 1997 when the Catamounts went 11-8 in competition.
During the 2015 season, the Catamounts captured their first Southern Conference victory since 2011 with a 4-3 win over Mercer and compiled six wins throughout the year which was the most in program history since 2002. They also coached junior Megan McLinden to a SoCon Player of the Week honor. McLinden was just the third Catamount in program history to earn that distinction.
Eddins came to Western Carolina after one year as the assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his time at Pitt, Eddins spent one year as a volunteer assistant at Cornell University, and also served two years in the same position at Marshall for the women's tennis program while completing his undergraduate degree helping the team win its fourth consecutive Mid-American Conference championship before the Thundering Herd entered Conference USA. As the assistant coach at Marshall in 2010, he helped guide the team to a national ranking as high as No. 28 and a second place finish in the CUSA Tournament.
Eddins has also coached in junior development programs over the past ten years and currently holds an Elite Professional USPTA certification. He spent two years as the head tennis pro at Guyan Golf and Country Club in his native Huntington, W.Va., and was also the assistant director at the Allegheny Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., prior to coaching at Pitt.
Before his time at Marshall, he was a two-time West Virginia high school state singles champion, as well as the doubles state champion his senior year.
Eddins graduated from Marshall University in 2008 with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing.
He is married to head Western Carolina women's tennis coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. The couple had their first child in December of 2012 and welcomed a second child in April of 2016.