The work of Joe Kissel as the head women’s tennis coach at Goldey-Beacom College and his accomplishments throughout the state helped him gain induction into the U.S. Tennis Association Delaware Hall of Fame on Oct. 28.
Kissel arrived in Pike Creek to a second-year program still looking for its first win. His team won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference title in 2016 and 2017 as well as a squad which has competed in the NCAA Tournament seven times.
He is responsible for all of the program’s 140 wins during his 13 seasons and led the team to finish the 2014-15 season 31st in the country as well as the 2017-18 squad ending 32nd. Goldey-Beacom also won three CACC regular-season crowns in his time.
The Lightning also entered the 2018-19 season with 10 straight winning campaigns dating to 2008-09 and double-digit victories in eight of the past 10 seasons.
Kissel in 2009 was honored as the USTA Middle States Delaware District Community Tennis Coach of the Year for his work in only four years. He also was honored by the USTA in 2015 and 2016 as the organization’s Delaware District College Coach of the Year and in 2017 as the USTA Middle States College of the Year.
He has been recognized by U.S. Professional Tennis Association Middle States tennis teaching professionals, having been named the 2007 USPTA Middle States High School Coach of the Year at Archmere Academy. He also was picked the 2017 USPTA Middle States College Coach of the Year with GBC.
At the conclusion of the 2017-18 collegiate season, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association named Kissel the East Region College Coach of the Year. He also has been selected by conference coaches the CACC Coach of the Year four times.
The 2014-15 team upended fellow CACC-foe Chestnut Hill to become the first squad in school history in any sport to win a head-to-head NCAA Tournament contest, won a program-record 18 matches, tied the school record with 10 shutouts and had four student-athletes regionally ranked at season’s end.
Goldey-Beacom’s accomplishments under Kissel extend beyond championships. He and the team on multiple occasions have participated in Tennithon to benefit the Delaware Tennis Foundation and just this fall the squad volunteered as ball people for the Delaware Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
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