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Chris Mouat Chris Mouat
Head Coach
(11th Year)


Chris Mouat enters his eleventh season guiding the Skylights following a 29-6, second place Frontier Conference finish (11-3) in 2014-2015 and advanced to the Frontier Conference Tournament title game. The Skylights also made their second-straight appearance at the NAIA National Tournament.  There, they advanced to the round of 8 before falling to Freed-Hardeman University, the #1 team in the nation. MSU-Northern finished the season as the 8th ranked team in NAIA Division I, and Mouat was named the 2014-2015 Frontier Conference Coach of the Year.

Prior to his time at MSU-Northern, Coach Mouat worked in the women’s basketball programs at both Rocky Mountain College and Montana Tech. At Rocky Mountain College, he served as the assistant women’s basketball coach as well as the Sports Information Director/Assistant Athletic Director.

Mouat is a 1989 graduate of Helena High School and a 1993 graduate of the University of Montana. He began his teaching and coaching careers in Helena, where he assisted in both the boys and girls basketball programs. He was a part of the staff that helped lead the 1997 Bengal girls to a Class AA State title. In his five seasons as an assistant boys coach, the Bengals made two state AA title game appearances. From 1998-2001, Mouat was the head girls basketball coach at Butte High School, where he sent six players on to play at the college level in four seasons. Mouat was also an assistant coach in the Bulldog boys program for a pair of seasons.

Mouat twice coached in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star series, and he coached the Montana boys and girls teams in the Down Under Hoops Classic on the Gold Coast of Australia five different times beginning in 1998. He has been a speaker/clinician at the Montana Coaches Association Clinic, the Northwest Basketball Camp, and various banquets and functions throughout Montana.

During his time at MSU-Northern, Mouat has six players earn NAIA All-American honors (Jaci Heny, DeLayne Johnston, Stacie Barker, Samm Schermele, Laramie Schwenke, and A’Jha Edwards). Schermele and Edwards were two-time selections, joining Dani Davison as the only Skylights to be named All-American twice. Twelve Players (Camille Gardner, Jayla McPherson, Chelsie Searle, Kylee Starr, Dana Ball, Kaylee Shaw, Jennie Lee, Michaela Howe-Cobb, Taylor Cummings-3X, Leah Olson, Nikki Tresch, and Taryn Norby) have earned Daktronics NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, and seventeen players have earned All-Frontier Conference honors. Barker and Edwards were the first Skylights to be named to the WBCA’s All-American First Team, and Edwards was the first to receive NAIA First Team All-American honors.

In six of his ten seasons, the Skylights have been honored by the WBCA for their efforts in the classroom as a Top 25 Academic Team. The 2014-2015 Skylights carried a 3.243 grade point average, good for 24th in the nation.  In addition, nine Skylights have earned MSU-Northern Student Excellence Awards (the highest honor a student can earn at MSU-Northern can earn) during his tenure.

The 2014-2015 Skylights set an all-time MSU-Northern record, allowing only 50.7 points per game. Twice in his tenure, the Skylights have led the nation in free throw percentage (2005-2006 and 2010-2011). Two Skylights currently hold NAIA National records.  Stacie Barker currently holds the NAIA all-time record for shot block average in a career (5.0 per game), while A’jha Edwards established an all-time record for rebounds in a game at the NAIA National Tournament with 28.  His teams have broken ten school records, and 14 players have set all-time single game, season, or career marks at MSU-Northern.  He has guided the Skylights to three NAIA National Tournaments, advancing to the Sweet 16 all three times and the Elite 8 once.

Entering the 2015-2016 season, Mouat has a career win/loss record of 191-118, which ranks him 21st among active NAIA coaches.  He is one of only three active coaches to make the top 25 list in ten seasons or less.

Coach Yazzie Nicole Yazzie
Assistant Coach
(2nd Year)

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Nicole Yazzie enters her second season as a Skylight assistant coach. She is a 2013 graduate of Westminster College where she earned a degree in psychology and a minor in business. At Westminster, Yazzie enjoyed a prolific career, earning First Team All-Frontier honors four times. She was also a four-time NAIA All-American and as a senior, she was named a WBCA and an NAIA First Team All-American. The Griffins won the league regular season title in each of her four seasons, and won the Frontier Conference Tournament in 2013. Her teams qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in each of her four seasons, and twice advanced to the Elite 8. During her career, she accumulated 1707 points, 544 assists, 208 steals, and made 279 3-point field goals. She was also an 83.4 percent career free throw shooter. Yazzie played high school basketball at Bingham High School in Salt Lake City, where she was a four-year starter and key member of the 2007 Utah 5A State Champions.

Coach Mouat said, “Nicole brings a ton of experience to our program and one of the best competitors I have ever coached against. She has been well-coached along the way and has learned from some of the best.  She has a wealth of basketball knowledge and is a huge part of all facets of our program.”

Ajha edwards A'jha Edwards
Student Assistant
(1st Year)

A’jha Edwards begins her first season as a Skylight student assistant.  She finished her two-year career in a Skylight uniform with over 1011 points and 806 rebounds.  Last season, she averaged 17.3 points and a nation-best 13.7 rebounds per game.  Overall, she led the country in three statistical categories and was ranked in the top ten nationally in six categories.  She was named First Team All-Frontier Conference twice, was a two-time NAIA National Player of the Week, and was named the Frontier Conference MVP.  She was also MSU-Northern’s second WBCA First Team All-American, and the first Skylight to be named an NAIA First Team All-American.  A’jha set an all-time NAIA tournament mark with 28 rebounds in the round of 16 versus Southern University New Orleans.  She is currently completing her degree in criminal justice.

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