Head Coach (13th Year)
Shawn joined MSU-Northern in 2002.
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
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
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
Shawn's wife Stephanie is also from Missoula. She attended
Montana Tech and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
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
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.
||Gage Aker (1st Year)
Gage enters his first season as a 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
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.