Del Kauss was born and raised in Janesville Wisconsin and moved to Saint Paul Minnesota in 1980 and has been there until today. Del started playing racquetball in the 80's where he and his future wife Linda each won state titles..... he then played squash and then tennis until being sidelined by a torn patella tendon, which gave Del a reason to try pickleball during the rehab process. Immediately falling in love with the sport, the tennis racquet has not been picked up since.
Del won the US Open Senior pro title in 2016 and nearly repeating in 2017 with partner Glen Peterson. One of his favorite experiences was winning the National Senior Games Mixed Doubles title in 2015 with his wife Linda.
Besides pickleball, Del's other passion is fly fishing.