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
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
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
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,
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
Huse was born and raised in Missoula, MT. He earned a Master of
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
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 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).
||Jack Hollowell (1st Year)
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.
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.