Huskie Hall of Fame gymnast Dawnita "Nita" Teague first joined the NIU gymnastics program in 2007 and was elevated to the top assistant coaching position in 2012. In that role, she took on a substantial increase in responsibilities under head coach Sam Morreale.
Now in her ninth season at her alma mater, Teague brings expertise as a coach, judge and choreographer, as well as personal experience as a former standout NIU student-athlete and professional dancer.
In the gym, Teague works extensively with the Huskies on balance beam and floor exercise, where NIU gymnasts continue to excel and advance their skills. Outside the gym, Teague works closely with Morreale in all aspects of recruiting and handles several administrative functions.
The Huskies have earned three of their Top 10 all-time team scores on balance beam over the last three years and have recorded seven scores that rank in the school's Top 10 all-time since Teague's arrival in 2007. In 2009, NIU gymnasts Holly Reichard and Jennifer Naughton shared the Mid-American Conference title on the balance beam, NIU's first since 1998. Naughton also earned a bid to the NCAA Regionals on balance beam, while Reichard took fifth on beam as an all-arounder at regionals.
Teague spent 22 years as a coach and choreographer at Energym Gymnastics in nearby Sycamore, Ill. where she coached all levels of competitive gymnastics, taught dance and served as a choreographer. While specializing in balance beam and floor dance, Teague has seen many of her protégés earn state and regional titles, as well as Top 10 finishes at the U.S.A. Gymnastics nationals. In 2006, she coached gymnasts who placed second and ninth on balance beam at the Level 9 Nationals.
Teague also has more than 25 years of experience as a gymnastics judge, achieving a Level 10 rating from the National Association of Women's Gymnastics Judges. She has worked as a master clinician in Region 5 and for the Illinois Congress for the balance beam and floor dance component.
A four-year letterwinner for the Huskies from 1980-84, then Dawnita Doty was named NIU's Female Athlete of the Year in 1981 when she participated in the 1981 AIAW Midwest Regional. She earned the Women's Leadership Award in 1984 and was inducted into the Huskie Hall of Fame in 1989. After graduation, she spent four years (1987-90) as a dancer with the Dance-scape Dance Company.
Teague, a Sycamore High School graduate, earned her bachelor's degree in theatre dance from NIU in 1984. She and her husband, Don, have two sons, Zach and Matt.