She started playing pickleball tournaments in May of 2022, and Pro tournaments shortly thereafter. Her career-high ranking is #28 DUPR for Singles and #75 WPR for Mixed Doubles, and she has posted some competitive results with many of the top players in the game. Diehl became certified as a PPR Pro Instructor in the Fall of 2022. Kris will appear as a contestant on Season One of Pickleball Kingdom’s Paddle Paddle Reality TV Show later this year. Kris is an NCAA Triathlon Coach at Coe College as well and has served in this role since the program was added in 2019.
An Iowa City native, her on-court achievements earned her a tennis scholarship to Northern Illinois University. As a Huskie, Diehl also donned a soccer jersey her senior year, making her one of an elite group of individuals to have competed and earned a varsity letter in two sports at the Division I level. Diehl graduated Magna Cum Laude from NIU with a major in Finance, minor in Communications and an emphasis in Accounting. Diehl then attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, obtaining her law degree in 2005 and Masters in Business Administration, with distinction, in 2006.
Kris resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband, teenage daughter and 3 dogs. She loves to camp in National Parks, walk dogs, swim, read, write, boat and visit and spend time with extended family and friends.