Kissell joins women’s tennis staff

Wichita State Head Women’s Tennis Coach Colin Foster has hired Joelle Kissell as his new assistant coach.

The former NC State star brings five years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently in West Virginia, where she spent the 2021-22 season as a volunteer assistant to the Mountaineers.

“We are delighted to welcome Joelle to our program,” said Foster. “During the search process, it was clear that her and my values ​​align. Joelle has a passion for developing leaders and champions – both on the field and off – and preparing student-athletes for life after graduation. She was a highly accomplished collegiate and professional athlete and will be able to share those experiences with our players. She has also coached at various levels in and outside of college tennis and has made a positive impact at every stop.”

Before arriving in West Virginia, Kissell spent three seasons (2018-21) as an assistant coach at Seton Hill University, an NCAA Division II school in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and another as a volunteer assistant at Western Carolina (2014-15 ).

Before that, Kissell played professionally and climbed as high as number 790 in the WTA rankings.

In her four-year career with NC State, Kissell set a then-school record of 107 combined singles and doubles double wins. She was the first three-time All-ACC roster in Wolfpack history and a two-time NCAA singles qualifier, progressing to the Round of 32 as a sophomore.

Kissell also excelled in the classroom, earning academic honors across all conferences in each of her last three seasons. She received a bachelor’s degree in communications from NC State in 2014.

The Hostetter native, Pa. was a five-star high school recruit (according to TennisRecruiting.net), ranking 46e national. She won Pennsylvania’s AAA state singles title as a senior and a state doubles crown as a freshman.

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