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Shawn Huse Shawn Huse
Head Coach  (11th 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).


Shaughn McKeon Jack Hollowell (1st Year)
Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach Jack Hollowell joins the Montana State University-Northern staff from Oregon State University where he was a student manager under head coach Craig Robinson for three seasons from 2009-13.  Coach Hollowell earned his Bachelor’s degree in English in 2013 from OSU and is currently pursuing a degree in Education here at MSU-N. Jack is from Portland, OR where he was a four-time state of Oregon high school scholar athlete and 2009 Portland Interscholastic League Basketball All-Star for Cleveland High School.

We are very excited to have Jack on board this season.  He has a tremendous work ethic, pays great attention to detail, and is a good person most importantly.  He is a great guy to have around, mentoring our guys both on the court and off while grinding it out behind the scenes.  On top of day-to-day preparation and game-time coaching, Jack is in charge of study table this year and the point person on film operation.


Lavon Myers Jordan Harris
Student Assistant (2nd Year)

Coach Harris is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Lights.  He joined the Lights program as a transfer in 2010 from Ventura College where he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds and was named First Team All- Conference in the Western State Conference- North under coach Will Cowen.  Coach Harris played a key role off the bench in his  two years as a Lights player helping the team to back- 2- back conference regular season titles and two Frontier tournament championships , along with 2 national tournament appearances. He will be earning his degree this year in Liberal Studies and also completing his ISSA Strength and Conditioning Certificate as well.

 His responsibilities are primarily with the forwards but he also plays an important hand in day-to-day and game time decisions. He is an incredibly valuable asset with his high character and work ethic. Jordan is nothing short of a positive presence each day in our basketball family...and is completing his degree in Liberal Studies this year.





Jordan Harris  LaVon Myers
Student Assistant (2nd Year)

LaVon also played a key role on two Frontier Conference Championship teams. As a Junior he was named All-Conference Second Team. As a senior he was named co-captain, and earned First Team All Conference and was also named an NAIA All-American. He also made the Academic All-conference team during the 2011-2012 season. 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 and First Team All-Conference. He will be earning his degree this spring in Health and Physical education and is also engaged to Annuncia Falemaka and is a proud father of LaVon A. Myers.

LaVon is a natural born leader and point guard, who has been raised by a father who is a very good coach at West LA CC and LA Jordan High School. He is a very important addition this year to our staff as he is working very hard at making sure our young squad understands the concepts we need to grasp as a team. His communication skills are very excellent, he does a great job with the guards especially, and has an important hand in decision-making (day-to-day & game time). His potential is very high as a Coach and a Teacher, once he completes his requirements here.


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