Destinee Hooker

Destinee Hooker

Personal information
Full nameDestinee Dante Hooker
BornSeptember 7, 1987 (age 30)
Frankfurt, Germany
HometownSan Antonio, Texas, United States
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Volleyball information
Current clubBrazil Camponesa Minas
United States University of Texas
South Korea GS Caltex Seoul KIXX
Puerto Rico Pinkin de Corozal
Italy Scavolini Pesaro
Brazil Sollys/Nestlé Osasco
Russia Dinamo Krasnodar
Puerto Rico Criollas de Caguas
South Korea Hwaseong IBK Altos
China Tianjin Bridgestone
Brazil Camponesa Minas
National team
2008–2012 United States
Destinee Dante Hooker is an American indoor volleyball player. She is a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) opposite attacker. Hooker was a member of the United States women's national volleyball team where she starred as the top scorer for the 2012 London Olympic Silver Medal Team.  She starred in both volleyball and track and field at the University of Texas.  She was named to the University of Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor in 2015.


High school

Hooker attended Southwest High School in San Antonio, Texas, where she was a standout athlete in basketball, track and field, and volleyball. As a junior and senior, she was an all-state volleyball outside hitter. She was also the 2004 and 2005 Texas state champion in the high jump.[1]


Hooker played on the University of Texas volleyball team from 2006 to 2009. In 2007, she was named to the AVCA All-American second team. She was then named to the first team in both 2008 and 2009. In 2009, she was the Big 12 Player of the Year and the NCAA Division I volleyball championship's Most Outstanding Player.
In track and field, Hooker won the NCAA outdoor high jump championship in 2006, 2007, and 2009. She also won the NCAA indoor high jump championship in 2009; her winning jump of 6' 6" broke the indoor collegiate record.[1][2] She won four NCAA high jump championships overall.[3]


Hooker joined the U.S. women's national volleyball team in January 2008. Her first official tournament with the team was the 2010 World Grand Prix, where she helped the U.S. win the gold medal by averaging 4.76 points and 2.46 digs. She was also fifth in scoring at that year's FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.[1]
In 2011, Hooker was named the Most Valuable Player of the FIVB World Grand Prix, as the Americans won the tournament again. She ranked second with 101 points scored during the Final Round. Hooker averaged 5.91 points and 5.13 kills in the FIVB World Cup to help the U.S. to the silver medal in that event. She was named the Best Spiker in the World Cup with a 49.53 kill percent and .419 hitting efficiency.[1]
Hooker played in the first six matches of the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix, which the U.S. eventually won.[1] Hooker then won the silver medal with the U.S. in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She ranked second overall in scoring in that tournament and won the Best Spiker award.[4]


Hooker was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and resides in San Antonio, Texas. Her sister, Marshevet Hooker, is a track and field athlete who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Her father Ricky Hooker and her mother Marvetta Hooker both played basketball at Saint Mary's University in San Antonio.  Ricky Hooker was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 1983.





  • Two-time AVCA All-America first team (2008, 2009)
  • 2007 AVCA All-America second team
  • 2009 Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Division I championship
  • 2008 NCAA Championship All-Tournament team
  • 2008–09 Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 Big 12 Player of the Year

In 2009, Hooker won her third NCAA Outdoor title...Hooker scored a third-place finish in the high jump at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a clearance of 1.86m/6-1.25, after capturing her first career NCAA title with a top clearance of 1.89m/6-2.25 at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Just a freshman, she cleared each of her jumps in one attempt and clinched the title when second-place finisher Sheena Gordon of North Carolina failed to clear 6-2.25…Hooker graduated early from high school (in December of 2005) and enrolled early to UT in January of 2006…She excelled in track and field, volleyball and basketball, where she was named the team MVP for each squad at San Antonio's Southwest High School…she captured the high jump in the high school girls' division at the 2004 and 2005 Texas Relays, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Texas state championships … Hooker also competes in volleyball at UT after earning All-America honors as an outside hitter in high school. She took off from track and field during the 2008 outdoor season to train with the USA Volleyball team…was named the NCAA Championship's Most Outstanding Player after registering a career-high 34 kills at the 2009 NCAA Volleyball Championships…sister, Marshevet, was a NCAA champion, All-American and Big 12 champion in the long jump, sprints and sprint relays from 2004-06 before turning professional in the spring of 2006.
2009: 4th at USA Outdoors (1.91m/6-3.25)…NCAA Outdoor champion (1.95m/6-4.75)…NCAA Indoor champion (1.98m/6-6PR)…Big 12 champion (1.95m/6-4.75)…ranked #3 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 1.98m/6-6.
2008: 6th at Olympic Trials (1.89m/6-02.25)…ranked #8 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 1.89m/6-2.25.
2007: 3rd at USA Outdoors (1.86m/6-1.25) …NCAA Outdoor champion (1.92/6-3.5)…3rd at NCAA Indoors (1.86m/6-1.25)…Big 12 Outdoor champion (1.93m/6-4PR)…NCAA Midwest Regional champion (1.93m/6-4PR)…1st at UNLV Dual (1.90m/6-2.75)…1st at Texas Relays (1.89m/6-2.25)...ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 1.93m/6-4.
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoors (1.86m/6-1.25)…NCAA Outdoor champion (1.89m/6-2.25)…3rd at NCAA Indoor Champs (1.86m/6-1.25i)…NCAA Midwest Regional champion (1.90m/6-2.75)…Big 12 champion (1.89m/6-2.25)…1st at Penn Relays (1.88m/6-2)…Big 12 Indoor champion (1.92m/6-3.5)…ranked #3 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 1.92m/6-3.5.
2005: Texas state champion…best of 1.84m/6-0.5
2004: Texas state champion…best of 1.83m/6-0.