Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Birth Date: Sept. 7, 1987
Joined Team: January 2008
-> 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medalist and Best Spiker (.379 hitting efficiency)
-> 2012 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Athlete of the Year
-> MVP at 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix where USA won the gold medal
-> Best Spiker at 2011 FIVB World Cup where USA won the silver medal
Major International Competitions
2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round...Olympic Games (Silver).
2011 - FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB World Cup (Silver).
2010 – FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Tour of Brazil...FIVB World Championship (Fourth).
Did You Know
-> Was cut from her volleyball team as a 13-year-old
-> Gave birth to first child, daughter Keitany, on Dec. 12, 2013
-> Participated in 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in high jump; personal best was 1.98m
-> Won the 2009 NCAA Indoor High Jump championship and the 2009 NCAA Outdoor High Jump championship for the third time at University of Texas, becoming just the second female in NCAA history to win three NCAA Outdoor High Jump titles and the first female high jumper to sweep the indoor and outdoor crowns since 2004
-> Sister Marshevet placed fifth in the 200 meters at the 2008 Olympics
-> Father Ricky was a sixth-round draft pick of San Antonio Spurs
-> Logan Tom was her volleyball role model as a young player (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 9, 2012)
-> Trained with the U.S. Women's National Team in Spring 2008 in hopes of making the 2008 Olympic Games roster
-> Scored international personal-high 39 points vs. China on Nov. 16 in FIVB World Cup
-> Transitioned from a college outside hitter to an elite international opposite hitter in three weeks time, earning a starting role a week into her first international tournament (FIVB World Grand Prix)
-> Played collegiate volleyball at University of Texas, earning American Volleyball Coaches Association First-Team in 2008 and 2009
The Big Blurb
Can Destinee come back from a season off in 2013 after giving birth to her first child and be the same dominant player that was respected as one top volleyball players in the world? “My daughter has brought so much joy to my life,” Hooker-Coulter said after the birth of her daughter Keitany. “It only motivates me to get back on the court and play not only for me, but more for her. I love her so much. She's my heartbeat. I'm motivated more than ever and nothing is going to stand in my way.”
"I'm more of an energizer," Hooker said in relation to her past sport, high jumping. "In high jump you're by yourself and I hated that. Having to walk back and forth like that waiting for my coach. I like receiving energy and giving out energy. I think volleyball was a great choice."
-> Photo Gallery of Destinee Hooker Through the Years
-> Destinee Hooker Computer Screen Wall Paper
-> Destinee's Child Motivates Her Comeback
-> 2012 Olympics: Destinee Hooker Not Playing Like an Olympic Rookie
Last Updated: March 2, 2014
US Women Take Silver After Tough Loss To Brazil
Bill Kauffman Aug. 11, 2012
The top-ranked U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team fell one victory shy of winning its first-ever Olympic Games gold-medal for the second quadrennial in a row in a 11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17 loss to No. 2 Brazil Saturday in the title match at Earls Court in London.
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Associated Press Aug. 09, 2012
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U.S. Women To Compete for Gold
Bill Kauffman Aug. 09, 2012
The U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team defeated Korea, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 in the semifinal match on Thursday. They advance to the gold medal match.
U.S. Women Two Wins from Olympic Gold
Aug. 08, 2012
The U.S. Women face Korea in Olympic semifinals on Thursday
Destinee Hooker: Team USA’s Secret Weapon
Vicki Michaelis Aug. 07, 2012
In her Olympic debut, Hooker proves why she ranks among the best in the world
U.S. Women to Olympic Semis
Bill Kauffman Aug. 07, 2012
The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team advanced to the 2012 Olympic Games semifinal round with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 victory over NORCECA rival Dominican Republic.
Preview of U.S. Women versus Dominican Republic
Bill Kauffman Aug. 06, 2012
The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, in search of its first-ever Olympic Games gold medal, ended the preliminary round of the 2012 Olympic Games with an undefeated record and will now meet a familiar foe in NORCECA rival Dominican Republic during the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time (11 a.m. PT).
U.S. Women Remain Undefeated in Volleyball
Associated Press Aug. 05, 2012
Destinee Hooker's 19 points helped preserve Team USA's spotless record
US Women Sweep Pool B with win over Turkey
Bill Kauffman Aug. 05, 2012
The U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team defeated Turkey 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 Sunday evening in its final Pool B match of the Olympic Games being held at Earls Court in London.