Judy Samaha began her career as a teacher and athletic administrator in the Wallingford School system in 1971. She was a state women’s basketball official from 1968 until 1983. During those 15 years, she officiated five State championship finals and five Shoreline finals. The New Haven Tap-Off Club selected Samaha as its Outstanding Official in 1978.
After attaining the rating of State official, Samaha served on a number of committees for the officiating board. She assisted in the training of new officials.
A former softball coach at Lyman Hall High School, Sheehan High School and the University of New Haven, Samaha retired from women’s basketball officiating in 1983. She also served as the Sheehan High School Athletic Director until her retirement in 2006.