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Shawn Huse Shawn Huse
Head Coach  (13th Year)


Shawn joined MSUN in 2002. Since that time he has earned a career record of 210-112 (ten seasons), making him the winningest coach in MSUN Men’s Basketball history. He has led the Lights to three NAIA National Tournament appearances (2012, 2011, & 2009), six 20-win seasons in a row (six total: 2007-12 & 2004), three Conference Co-Championships (2012, 2011, & 2008), Back-2-Back Conference Tournament Championships (2012 & 2011), one Conference Tournament Runner-Up finish (2008), and eight Conference Tournament Semifinal appearances. In 2007-08 he was voted Frontier Conference Coach-of-the-Year.

Last season the Lights were Back-2-Back Frontier Conference Champions (winning the Tournament Championship for the second year in a row and were Regular Season Co-Champions for the second year in a row (this time with UM-Western), finished the highest nationally ranked defense in the country (58.00 ppg), broke a school record for games won in a season (27), and kept their home win streak alive (at 32 straight; dating back to the 2009-10 season).  In fact, he and his teams have made their home gym a daunting place to play, racking up a career home record of 124-24, and for the past five seasons are 84-9 (39-6 in conference play) in their “unfriendly” confines.

Under Huse, the Lights have cracked the NAIA National polls nine of ten seasons. Over the years, his teams have broken nine school records.  Most importantly in Huse’s years at MSU-Northern he has recruited and helped graduate a plethora of high-character quality student-athletes. In all, over twenty players have graduated from MSUN, and his teams have had one MSUN Student Excellence Award winner in six of the last eight years (the highest honor a student at MSU-Northern can receive).

Prior to working at MSU-Northern, Huse was a part of three very successful teams as an assistant. 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 his season there (1996-97).

Huse was born and raised in Missoula, MT. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from UNK (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 Safety and Health (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 seven-year old daughter, Molly, and five-year old son, Matthew, and their brand new little guy, Braxton (4 months).


  Gage Aker (1st Year)
Assistant Coach






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