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Shawn Huse Shawn Huse
Head Coach  (13th Year)


Shawn joined MSU-Northern in 2002. His career record of 256-130 (12 seasons) makes him the winningest coach in MSUN men’s basketball history. He is currently ranked among the top 25 of winningest active NAIA D1 men’s basketball coaches (23rd). And his winning percentage ranks him 9th amongst that group (66%). Huse has led the Lights to four straight NAIA National Tournament appearances (five overall – 2014, ‘13, ‘12, ‘11, & ‘09), eight 20-Win seasons in a row dating back to the 2006-07 season (nine total – 2014, ‘13, ’12, ’11, ’10, ’09, ’08, ’07 & 2004), three Frontier Conference Co-Championships (2012, 2011, & 2008), Back-to-Back Conference Tournament Championships (2012 & 2011), one Conference Tournament Runner-Up finish (2008), and eight Conference Tournament Semifinal appearances. Shawn was named an NAIA Don Meyer Coach-of-the-Year finalist in 2012-13, and was voted Frontier Conference Coach-of-the-Year for the 2007-08 season.

Under Huse, the Lights have cracked the NAIA National polls eleven of twelve seasons. Over the years, his teams have broken nine school records.  Last season the Lights finished 23rd nationally, earned another berth to Kansas City, tied for 2nd in league play, finished with a record of 23-9, and finished in the top ten nationally on defense for the 5th year in a row, at 62.65 ppg allowed (third in the nation and first in the Frontier Conference).  Coach Huse and his teams have made their home gym a daunting place to play, racking up a career home record of 148-30 – for the past seven seasons they are 108-15 overall and 52-11 in conference play in their “unfriendly” confines.  Most importantly in Huse’s years at MSU-Northern, he has recruited and helped graduate a plethora of high quality student-athletes - of note, his teams have had an MSUN Student Excellence Award winner in seven of his eleven years (the highest honor a student at MSU-Northern can receive; given to roughly ten students each year).

Prior to working at MSU-Northern, Huse was a part of three very successful teams as an assistant coach under Tom Kropp and Kevin Lofton. While in charge of defense at NCAA DII-power University of Nebraska-Kearney (2000-02), they played in two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Tournament Championships, earned a school record eighteen consecutive wins, & finished regular season champions in 2002. At his alma mater of Montana Tech (1997-00) where Huse was named league MVP as a player in 1995, the Orediggers won back-to-back Conference-Tournament Championships and enjoyed the school's first ever National-Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999. At his alma mater of Missoula Big Sky High School, the Eagles won the school’s first and only State AA Championship to-date his season there (1996-97).

Huse was born and raised in Missoula, MT. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from University of Nebraska - Kearney (2002), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Montana (1997), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Montana Tech (1995).  Shawn's wife Stephanie is also from Missoula. She attended Montana Tech and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational (2000). She was also a First-Team All-Conference volleyball player for the Orediggers in 1998. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from MSU-Northern (2006), and currently works as the Licensed Therapist for Altacare Counseling at Havre Middle School.  Stephanie and Shawn are the VERY proud parents of their ten-year old daughter Molly, seven-year old son Matthew, and two-year old son Braxton.

Coach Aker Gage Aker (1st Year)
Assistant Coach


Gage enters his first season as the men’s basketball assistant coach. He spent the past two seasons assisting at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, his alma mater. In 2014, Concordia advanced to the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the first time in ten seasons. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Mathematics in 2013. Aker was an All-Cascade Collegiate Conference point guard for the Cavaliers, where he is still ranks in the top ten in numerous statistical categories. He also played baseball for Concordia for a pair of seasons, where he helped the 2013 team win the NAIA West Championship and advance to the NAIA National Tournament (Relief Pitcher). Aker also founded The Navy, a student spirit club, whose membership quickly grew to over a thousand students. The Navy’s mission includes fundraising (for all athletic and extra-curricular activities) and generating school spirit athletic events. Aker graduated from Portland’s Wilson High School in 2008 where he earned First Team All-Portland Interscholastic League honors while playing for his father, Scott Aker. Aker is also currently pursuing his Master’s in Education, Instruction and Learning at MSUN.

Coach LaVon LaVon Myers (3rd Year)
Student Assistant Coach

LaVon enters his third year as a student assistant coach.  He has played key roles as a player or coach on four NAIA National Tournament teams here at MSU-Northern.  He was named NAIA All-American, First Team All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, and was a co-captain on back-to-back Frontier Conference championship teams, as a player for the Lights.  LaVon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education last year and is now in pursuit of his Master’s degree in Education, Instruction and Learning, here at MSUN.  Prior to MSU-Northern he played at Compton Community College, where he led the entire state of California in scoring and was named All-State & First Team All-Conference.  LaVon is engaged to Annuncia Falemaka, a summer 2015 wedding is planned for the couple, and they are the proud parents of LaVon A. Myers.

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