Head Coach (5th Year)
Bill Huebsch returns for his 5th
season as the head coach of the MSU-Northern volleyball program,
a program that continues to reach new heights in the Frontier
Conference under his guidance. Eight
seasoned players return for the 2013 campaign, including five
starters, which is sure to make the Skylights a contender for
the conference title this year.
The 2012 season was one of the most
memorable and successful in program history.
High-lights include conference victories over #15
Carroll College, #24 LC State (twice) and Westminster College –
the first wins over these programs in Huebsch’s short tenure at
Northern. The Skylights also won their first Frontier Conference
tournament match in 12 years (over Montana Tech), and played in
the first conference final in 21 years, narrowly missing a
chance to go to the National Tournament,
losing the 5th
set by a 15-17 margin. Eighteen total wins, 10 Conference
wins, Two 1st Team All-Conference selections (Isleifson
& Nicholas), one 2nd Team All-Conference selection
(Cartwright), two Dakstat scholar athletes (Cartwright &
Isleifson) and a Northwest All Region selection (Nicholas) made
2012 a season for the record books and definitely one to
In 2011, the Skylights broke the 10+ win
mark for the second consecutive year, finishing 13-14 overall
and 6th in the conference. The team had a 1st
Team All-Conference selection (Isleifson), and shined in the
classroom with 7 team members named Academic All Conference -
those seven players made the Dean’s List as well.
The 2010 Skylights had their most
successful campaign in six seasons.
The team broke the 10+ win mark for the first time since
2004 and completed the first conference sweep on the road since
2003. The Skylights also had one member named 1st
Team All- Conference, 2 members on the Daktronics/NAIA Scholar
Athlete list and 9 members on the Academic All Conference list.
Many firsts occurred in Huebsch’s inaugural
season at Northern in 2009. The team doubled their conference
win total over the previous season and won more total matches in
2009 than the three previous years combined.
They also won a combined 59 individual games, as compared
to only 19 in 2008.
A weekend home sweep of conference opponent’s UM-Western
and Montana Tech ended their conference season – a home sweep
had not been accomplished at Northern since 2004.
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 conference
titles, never finishing lower than third in the Central “A”
Conference. During his tenure, the Ponies qualified for
the state tournament 8 out of his 11 years, winning back to back
state championship titles in 1997 and 1998. His teams also
earned 2 runner-up trophies, 2 third place finishes, and never
finished lower than 5th at the state
Huebsch finished at Havre High with
win/loss records of 90-25 conference (78.0%) and 226-93 over-all
(71.0%) 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 two times.
Both graduates of Northern Montana College,
Bill and his wife Tracy have been married for 17 years and have
four daughters, Madison (15), Logan (13), Devyn (11) and their
newest addition, Kinley Harper, born December 22, 2012.