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Skylight Volleyball Coaches

Bill Huebsch  Bill Huebsch
Head Coach (6th Year)


Bill Huebsch returns for his 6th season as head coach at MSU-Northern following a 2013 campaign that was one of the single greatest seasons in program history.

The Skylights won their first regular season title in 22 years, going 15-1 in conference play and 8-0 at home.  Regular season road wins at Rocky, Carroll, University of Great Falls and LC State were also firsts for the program in Huebsch’s tenure.  The team also received the first national ranking in Northern Volleyball history, climbing as high as #22 in the nation.  The team finished 26-6 (the second highest win total in team history) and produced the program’s first All-Americans since 1992 (Nagy, Nicholas and Williams), and the first ever All-Region Player (Nicholas).

Since taking over the MSU-Northern program in 2009, Huebsch and his staff have produced a Frontier Conference Championship, two conference tournament runner-up finishes, a Conference and AVCA Northwest Region Player of the Year, 3 NAIA All-Americans, 3 AVCA Northwest Region 1st Team players, 9 All-Conference players, an All-Freshman team player, 8 Dakstat Scholar-Athletes, and 25 Academic All-Conference student-athletes.

In addition, Huebsch was named the 2013 Frontier Conference and AVCA Northwest Region Coach of the Year.

Prior to joining the Skylight volleyball program, Huebsch was the head volleyball coach at Havre High School in Havre, Montana.  In 11 seasons, the Blue Ponies won three Central “A” titles and back to back state championships in 1997 and 1998.  He was named Central “A” Coach of the Year twice, and nominated 8 times for the Montana Coaches Association Coach of the Year, winning the award twice.

Both graduates of Northern Montana College, Bill and his wife Tracy have been married for 18 years and have four daughters, Madison (16), Logan (14), Devyn (12) and Kinley (1 1/2).



Autumn Elliot  Autumn Elliot (1st Year)
Assistant Coach

(406) 265-3770

Autumn Elliot joins the Skylight Volleyball coaching staff as the Assistant Coach.  Autumn has coached for 13 years at various levels from coaching middle school volleyball in Chinook to High School Volleyball at CMR, Fort Benton and Minot High School in Minot ND.  She also ran a club volleyball team in Minot for 5 years ages 10 to 18. 

Autumn is also a former Skylight Volleyball player of three years, before a career ending back injury and then Student Assisted the Skylights in 1998.

Currently she is the Alumni Director for MSU-Northern and is excited to be back on the hardwood coaching the best sport!

Autumn is married to her husband Jim of 13 years and has two great boys Ethan (8) and Quinn (5).

Janelle Merja Janelle Merja
Co-Assistant Coach

(406) 945-0211

Janelle Merja joins the Skylight coaching staff as a co-assistant.  Janelle has coached several years at various levels from middle school at Havre Central, freshman/junior varsity at Havre High School, varsity at Box Elder and Kremlin/Gilford, to an assistant coach at MSU-Northern in 2008.  Janelle is also a former Skylight player from 1997-2002.  After her college career she started coaching.  She is looking forward to coaching with Bill again and being back in the Skylight program.

Janelle is married to her husband Ben of 7 years and has two amazing children, Xander (6) and Stella (3). 

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