Teresa Arthur, a 1981 Houston High School graduate and official since 1998, was named the state’s volleyball official of the year by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Opening what she believed was another ordinary email from the Missouri State High School Activities Association, Teresa Arthur was surprised as she read the contents.

It wasn’t a registration renewal.

Wasn’t a meeting.

It was a list of the top officials from every sport in the state. And listed by volleyball was her name.

“I had to read it two or three times to make sure I was really understanding what it said,” Teresa said. “I sat there with my mouth hanging open thinking there was no way it really had my name on it.”

Then she called David, her husband and longtime officiating partner.

“He just went crazy like he always does when someone does something good,” Teresa recalled.

One of more than 500 volleyball officials registered with MSHSAA, Teresa was named the best.

Although she will officially receive her award at the state volleyball championships in October in Cape Girardeau, Teresa was recognized among winners from other sports at the first-ever Officiate Missouri last month in St. Louis. About 700 officials representing each MSHSAA sanctioned sport attended the workshop that included motivational speeches from officials from the National Football League and National Basketball Association.

“To be the official of the year, that is amazing,” David said.

A 1981 Houston High School graduate, Teresa was a member of the first Lady Tigers team to win districts and sectionals. She coached club teams for about 15 years and became a volleyball official in 1998.

Mostly alongside her husband, who she convinced to also join her as a volleyball official, she will call around 80 matches per year –– three during the week and Saturday tournaments.

Teresa said she is still passionate about the game and calling it fairly and correctly for today’s generation of players.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s very intense for three months, but it’s a short period of time. I’ll be ready for it to end so I can have a few nights off, but I’m always ready for it to begin again.”

A mechanics clinician for MSHSAA, Teresa leads one of six clinics around the state every August. Required for first-, second- and third-year officials, the clinics focus on signals and rules.

David said it is the ideal position for his wife, who he said rarely makes errors during a match.

“Her judgment is perfect every time,” he said. “I don’t know many times when she has made a mistake.”

The Arthurs aren’t able to officiate as many matches together as in previous years now that David is one of six MSHAA observers. When she can’t work with her husband, Teresa said she enjoys teaming with younger officials to pass along her knowledge of the game.

And when it comes to observing his wife, David said he doesn’t.

“She taught me, so how do I critique her?” David said. “She’s the reason I’m an official. She is all about teaching others. For her, it’s about passing along what she knows.”

“Her judgment is perfect every time. I don’t know many times when she has made a mistake.”

-DAVID ARTHUR

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