June 16, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The Nittany Lion Club announced the addition of Kirk Diehl as an Annual Giving Specialist/Director of the Varsity `S' Club. Diehl, who joins the Nittany Lion Club after serving on the Penn State football staff for 17 seasons, begins his post on Monday, June 16.
"We are excited to welcome Kirk to our Nittany Lion Club family," Mark Wharton, Assistant Athletics Director, Nittany Lion Club. "His background in athletics will prove to be beneficial in serving our 31 sports teams through the Varsity `S' Club. His enthusiasm for Penn State is infectious and I'm confident that he will carry forward our tradition of pride and excellence."
Diehl was most recently Penn State's Director of Football Operations since January 2013 where he worked closely with head coach Bill O'Brien and the coaching and football staffs on all aspects of the football program, including team planning and travel, budgets, home game arrangements, recruiting operations, camps and special projects.
Prior to his promotion to Director of Football Operations, Diehl served as the Coordinator of Practice Facilities since 1999. He assisted in the planning and coordination of the football team's equipment needs and supervision of 12 student managers. Diehl also oversaw scheduling and maintenance of Holuba Hall, Penn State's indoor practice facility. He began his career as an assistant equipment manager with the football program from 1997-98.
Diehl was also one of Penn State's primary contacts in the implementation of the University's contract with Nike.
Diehl was a football student manager with the Nittany Lions and was a senior manager in 1996. He earned a degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in higher education from Penn State.