Raised in Park Rapids, Kristi was a Panther herself participating in Diving, Gymnastics, and Golf. Her Diving career didn't end as a state participant for the Panthers. She went on to be a Varsity Diver for the BlueGolds at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where she earned the honors of All American.
During Kristi's college years she started her coaching career in 1992 by coaching Diving for Shanley High School. Under her instruction the Shanley divers had much success at the state level.
Kristi then moved back to Park Rapids and continued her coaching career with PRAHS. Coaching Gymnastics from 1997-2000. In 2000 She made the trasition to coach Boys Swimming and Diving, then added in the Girls team the following fall.
In the 16 years of coaching for Panther Swimming and Diving she has taken multiple divers to the State level. She also coached the diver that broke her own school record.
In the pool Kristi emphasizes team unity, good sportsmanship, goal setting, and inner drive and desire. She truly believes that each and every diver can achieve anything they desire by working hard and not letting fear interfere.
Kristi derives coaching inspiration from her father who coached many sports while she was growing up. He taught her to never give up, and that you have to "want" it to "get" it. He taught her that all kids should be given a fair chance and that with a little love, understanding, and respect they will work their hardest for you.