Bemidji Youth Hockey webmaster Tracy Pogue was one of the first to use Sport Ngin platform
Pogue grew up in Excelsior, Minn., graduated from Minnetonka High School in 1980 and earned a degree in Industrial Technology from Bemidji State University in 1985. Pogue, an avid fisherman, settled in the Bemidji area not long after completing college, “And I haven’t look back since,” he said. Pogue, the Director of Business Development at Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, served as the president of Bemidji Youth Hockey from 2009-12. Tracy and his wife, Sandy, have two children, a freshman, Ryan, and senior, Katie, attending Bemidji High School. Ryan is playing for Bemidji’s Bantam AA hockey team this winter.
Bemidji Youth Hockey is one of Sport Ngin’s first clients, and it was Pogue who decided to move the association’s site off its old platform about seven years ago. He still manages and maintains most of the site. He also takes the lead on social media, and the Bemidji Youth Hockey Twitter account has 880 followers. In the summer months, Pogue works on all the team pages, removing outdated information as he prepares them for the upcoming season. Before each season he introduces families who are new to Bemidji Youth Hockey to the association’s mobile app, helping parents download it and then teaching them the basics of using it. "As soon as they get it on their phone they get really comfortable with it," he said. Pogue also works with local businesses to make them aware of the website and mobile app and the benefits of sponsorship.
Pogue is a student of Bemidji hockey history, and the fruits of his research can be found on the Bemidji High School history page. Pogue has compiled coaching information and the overall record for every Bemidji varsity boys’ hockey team since the program’s inception in 1964.