If you have been to a Van Alstyne High School sporting event in the last 10 years, you have seen, and/or heard Jeff Webster.
Either in town or on the road — and he has covered many miles in support of Van Alstyne athletic teams — Webster is the voice of Van Alstyne sports. He announces lineups, directs fans to concession stands and gets the advertisers names out to the crowd. He also finds time to take the pictures that you see on the Van Alstyne Athletic Booster Club website and Facebook page.
We first met Webster, when, in a past life, we owned Flicks Video in Van Alstyne. We had many lengthy discussions about movies, politics and Kansas-Texas basketball. (he’s a proud Jayhawk.)
Webster is a past president of the VAABC, and it’s safe to say that nobody can match the volunteer hours he has contributed to Van Alstyne sports. He became active in the booster club back in 2004-05 for the reason most get involved in clubs which support particular facets of life. He had children in the Van Alstyne schools and he wanted to contribute to their future endeavors. His son, James Christiansen, graduated from VA in 2005 and was a member of the Panther basketball team.
Jeff got involved when the booster club first put together a set of by-laws which would spell out the rules and regulations of how the club would operate.
After James graduated, Webster took on an additional role as announcer at Panther and Lady Panther sports events. First, just basketball for home games, then he just kept on adding to his list of to-do things
"I was going to the games anyway, so I began to take pictures and put them up on our Facebook page." Webster said.
Going to the games became a regular event in Webster’s life and, like every other task he undertakes, it just grew and grew. In the 2007-08 school year, Webster became the president of the booster club and put in even more time working on projects to assist Van Alstyne sports. His announcing gig turned into a year-round job doing volleyball, baseball, track meets — anything remotely connected to Van Alstyne sports. He was ready to roll up his sleeves and get busy.
Webster’s daughter Molly graduated in the spring of 2012 and many people thought he might step back a bit with no children in school. Not Webster. In August, there he was, ready to do what needed to be done to promote the booster club; selling football program ads or just selling Van Alstyne, Webster was ready to do just that.
"You know, as far as he’s gone in the coaching ranks, Buzz Williams doesn’t say he’s from Dallas or North Texas, he’s proud to call Van Alstyne home," commented Webster one day.
Van Alstyne should be proud that Jeff Webster calls VA home.