Joelle Kissell joined the Western Carolina women's tennis staff prior to the 2015-16 season as a volunteer assistant coach. Prior to joining the coaching staff, Kissell was a standout student-athlete at NC State.
She finished her career by setting the NC State school-record for career dual singles wins with 62. She also holds the school-record for most combined dual singles and dual doubles wins with 107. She ranks fourth all-time with 45 career dual doubles wins and holds the all-time mark for best dual singles winning percentage (.667). She was the first three-time All-ACC honoree in program history and was selected as the ITA Carolina Region's recipient of the Most Improved Senior Award. She also was a standout in the classroom where she was a three time ACC All-Academic Team selection.
As a junior at NC State, she became just the second player in school history to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championship twice and reached as high as No. 19 in the ITA singles poll. As a sophomore, she became the second player in program history to reach the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship after upending 46th-ranked Tayler Davis of California, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round. She finished the season ranked No. 32 in the nation and reached as high as No. 30. Throughout the season, she downed the 20th, 26th, 31st and 33rd ranked players in the country. As a freshman, she beat two ranked opponents during the season, #108 Lauren McHale from No. 3 UNC and #118 Hana Tomljanovic of 11th-ranked Virginia. During the NCAA Team Tournament, she defeated Daria Yakauleva of No. 37 VCU, 6-1, 6-3, to help the Pack advance to the second round.
As a prep player, she was rated a five-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net and was ranked No. 46 nationally. She won both the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association doubles titles with partner Ali Seranko in 2006.
Kissell is a 2014 graduate of NC State with a degree in communications. She currently resides in Cullowhee.