Michaela Kissell-Eddins became the head coach of the Western Carolina women's tennis program in September of 2013.
In just three seasons, Kissell-Eddins has produced a remarkable turnaround of the Catamount tennis program. The program has steadily improved under Kissell-Eddins' guidance including setting a new program record for wins in a season in 2016 with 12. She helped guide Stacia Kissell to First Team All-Southern Conference honors her 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.
Kissell-Eddins' student-athletes hold five of the top-10 single season victories in Western Carolina history with Stacia Kissell holding the top spot with 16 victories in 2014 and 2016. She 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 Kissell-Eddins' players 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. Kissell-Eddins 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.
Prior to WCU, Kissell-Eddins spent a season at the University of Pittsburgh as the interim head coach for the Panthers in 2012-13. Pitt went 10-12 overall and 1-3 in Big East Conference play. She lead Pitt to their first win over Rutgers, and her team's four match win streak was the longest winning streak since the 2007-08 season. In postseason play, the Panthers reached the quarterfinals in the Big East Tournament for the first time in program history.
Kissell-Eddins spent 2011-12 as the assistant coach at Cornell University.
She played two years for national power Miami (Fla.) from 2007-2009, before transferring to Marshall University where she finished her career and broke numerous Thundering Herd records.
She finished with a combined singles and doubles record of 110-41 for the Herd, which ranks her fourth in career-winning percentage (.733). Kissell-Eddins played No. 1 in both singles and doubles at Marshall, and made the NCAA Tournament as a junior and a senior in both singles and doubles.
Kissell-Eddins achieved a singles ranking of No. 27 and a doubles ranking of No. 23 as senior, she and her doubles partner Dominika Zaprazna became the first tandem in school history to go through the regular season undefeated (19-0). She also helped the Thundering Herd achieve its highest ITA national team ranking in program history of No. 28.
Her 55-21 career singles record at MU ranks fourth in career winning percentage (.723), while her career doubles mark of 55-20 is the ninth highest winning percentage (.733).
Kissell-Eddins was a First Team All-Conference USA performer both years at Marshall, along with being named the 2010 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year. She was also recognized as the 2011 Conference USA Spirit of Service Recipient for her good academic standing, community service outreach and performance on the court. Kissell-Eddins was the No. 1 ranked player in the Atlantic Region both years at Marshall.
Kissell-Eddins graduated from Marshall University in 2011 with a degree in business finance and a minor in management.
She, her husband, Jacob Eddins, and their two children reside in Cullowhee.