WCU travels to mountain rival UNC Asheville next Saturday
Western Carolina athletics director, Randy Eaton, has announced the hiring of Michaela Kissell-Eddins to take the helm of the Catamount women's tennis program effectively immediately.
"We are extremely excited to have attracted someone with Michaela's background and knowledge," said Eaton. "I know she is anxious to get to work, as are the members of the women's tennis team. I see a bright future for our tennis program under Michaela's guidance."
Prior to WCU, Kissell-Eddins spent a season at Pitt 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 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 doubled 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 spent 2011-12 as the assistant coach at Cornell University.
Kissell-Eddins and her husband Jacob Eddins had their first child in December of 2012.