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Coach Donnika Hess, a New Orleans native, enters her first season as Dillard University’s head cheer coach. She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in 2005 and decided to attend Dillard University in the fall of 2005.
After leaving Dillard for two years due to Hurricane Katrina she attended the University of North Texas. There she joined one of UNT’s most prestigious dance groups, Basic Rhythm. Shortly after joining the team she was promoted to choreographer; and under her leadership Basic Rhythm performed at many of UNT’s events as well as for the likes of Patti Labelle and Rick Ross.
Returning to Dillard in 2007, Coach Hess joined the Dillard University Varsity cheerleading team. There she became captain of the cheer team until receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications in May of 2009.
Before gaining her current employment at Dillard she taught English and Special Education in the New Orleans public school system at George Washington Carver High school and Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School. During her time at Carver she led the cheerleading team to a first place win at the RSD cheerleading competition.
Coach Hess is currently staffed in the Admissions Department at Dillard, where she is the administrative assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management.
Coach Hess has one daughter; Austin Morgan.