Michael Sell, recently hired to coach the No. 1 ranked American player in the world, John Isner, for the 2013 season, also serves as a volunteer coach for the LSU women's tennis program. Prior to joining LSU, Sell was the assistant coach for the men's and women's squads at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Sell served as the Lead National Coach for the U.S. Tennis Association Player Development coaching staff from Jan. 2003-Aug. 2012. During this time, he worked with a number of America's top young juniors, including professionals Serena Williams, Mardy Fish, and Donald Young.
Prior to his service at USTA, he served for two years as Monica Seles' personal coach, and she won five titles and reached three other finals under his coaching.
Sell played professionally on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour for five years and reached career highs of No. 136 in singles and No. 83 in doubles. He won three singles and eleven doubles Challengers on the USTA Pro Circuit for 14 total titles and recorded wins over a number of Top 50 players. During this time, Sell was also selected as a Practice Partner for the 1998 U.S. Davis Cup practice team.
Sell attended the University of Georgia from 1992-95, where he earned a singles All-American selection all four years and reached a career high No. 6 ranking. In 1994, he received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.