Nov. 20, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Michaela Kissell-Eddins, one of the top collegiate players in the country from 2007-11, has been named the assistant tennis coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
Kissell-Eddins was a three-time Pennsylvania state champion, and then played two years for national power Miami (FL) from 2007-2009, before transferring to Marshall University where she finished her career and broke numerous Thundering Herd records.
"In the state of Pennsylvania, Michaela is one of the greatest championship athletes to ever come out of the state, and then she went on to have a stellar collegiate career," head coach George Dieffenbach said. "As an elite competitor, she brings tremendous leadership to our program. She is just as strong of a teacher and a coach as she was a player. We are very fortunate to have such a high caliber player, teacher, coach and person come into our program as we transition into the ACC."
Kissell-Eddins 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.
She achieved a singles ranking of No. 27 and a doubles ranking of No. 23 as senior, as 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 last year as the assistant coach at Cornell University.
Kissell-Eddins and her husband Jacob Eddins reside in Pittsburgh. They are expecting their first child in mid-December.