The owner and Director of Pacesetter Sports is Jeff McCarron, who began working in camps in 1976 and created Pacesetter in 1980. He has been a basketball camp clinician and the director of all Pacesetter activities for the past 36 years. Since starting Pacesetter in 1980, McCarron has helped provide over 3,500 programs for over 250,000 young athletes. He has also been the publisher of Minnesota Basketball News since 1994.
McCarron was a member of Minnesota’s last single-class state high school basketball championship team with Sherburn in 1970 and was a member of the Minnesota Gophers’ Big Ten basketball championship team in 1972. McCarron transferred to Augustana College in 1972 and played basketball and football in the North Central Conference, which included the following teams from the four-state area that Pacesetter serves: University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Morningside College, University of Northern Iowa, and Mankato State University. McCarron was also a charter owner in 1995 of the International Basketball Association that merged with other leagues to become the current NBA Developmental League.
Tracey has been Office Manager/Coordinator of Pacesetter Sports since 1991. She graduated from The University of Minnesota at Morris in 1989. Tracey manages all aspects of the Pacesetter office and serves as camp and tournament coordinator.
Heather joined Pacesetter in 2013 and assists with all activities, specializing in publications, T-shirt design and management, and front table tournament coordination.
Charnelle joined Pacesetter in 2017 and handles all data entry and assists with all activities.
Ron has been the editor of Minnesota Basketball News since 2001. He was formerly the sports editor of the Mesabi Daily News in Virginia for 13 years and currently works full-time for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Pacesetter recognizes Mike Turnbull for his lifetime dedication to youth in sports by serving his schools’ athletic departments as a basketball, volleyball and baseball coach for 35 years and directing nearly 200 Pacesetter basketball and volleyball camps since the late 1980’s. His good humor and joy in working with players of all ages and both genders has made him one of the top 3-sport coaches in Minnesota sports. Thank you, Mike.
Pacesetter recognizes Tracey Haines for 25 years of excellence as office manager of Pacesetter Sports, where she has helped provide hundreds of thousands of young people with opportunities to compete and learn. She has become the backbone and heartbeat of Pacesetter. Pacesetter is proud and fortunate she became one of the family. Thank you, Tracey.
Pacesetter recognizes Pat Dewey for his lifetime dedication to youth in sports by serving his school’s athletic department for 46 years and directing over 200 Pacesetter basketball camps and over 100 tournaments since 1982. He touches young lives with compassion and good humor. There may not be a nicer human being on this planet. Thank you, Dew.
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