Chris Mouat enters his tenth season guiding
the Skylights following a 22-10, third place Frontier Conference
finish (10-6) in 2013-2014.
The 2013-2014 Skylights advanced to the round of 16 at
the NAIA National Tournament with and upset of #10 Columbia
College 56-55 in the first round.
They fell to Oklahoma City University, the eventual
national champions, 58-55 in the round of 16.
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.
He has a win/loss record of 162-112, which was good for
24th among active NAIA coaches prior to the 2014-2015
nine-year tenure is the second shortest of anyone making the top
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
Schermele was a two-time selection, joining Dani Davison as the
only Skylights to be named All-American twice.
Eleven Players (Camille Gardner, Jayla McPherson, Chelsie
Searle, Kylee Starr, Dana Ball, Kaylee Shaw, Jennie Lee,
Michaela Howe-Cobb, Taylor Cummings-2X, Leah Olson, and Nikki
Tresch) have earned Daktronics NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete
honors, and sixteen players have earned All-Frontier Conference
honors. Barker was a
two-time Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Year and
the Skylights first-ever Women’s Basketball Coaches Association
five of his nine seasons, the Skylights have been honored by the
WBCA for their efforts in the classroom as a Top 25 Academic
Team. 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 2013-2014 Skylights led the nation in
defensive scoring average, allowing
53.09 points per game.
Twice in his tenure, the Skylights have led the nation in
free throw percentage (2005-2006 and 2010-2011).
Stacie Barker currently holds the NAIA all-time record
for shot block average in a career (5.0 per game).
His teams have broken ten school records, and 14 players
have set all-time single game, season, or career marks at
Nicole Yazzie enters her first 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
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.