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Chris Mouat Chris Mouat
Head Coach
(10th Year)



Chris Mouat enters his tenth season at MSU-Northern following a 17-13, fourth place Frontier Conference finish in 2012-2013. Prior to coming to MSU-Northern, he 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 150-111, good for 25th among active NAIA coaches.

Mouat is a 1989 graduate of Helena High School and a 1993 graduate of the University of Montana. He began his teaching and coaching career 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 the Class AA state title. In his five seasons as a boys assistant 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 has coached in the Montana/Wyoming All-Star game twice and he has coached the Montana boys and girls All-Star 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 the Butte Athletic Council All-Sports Banquet.

During his time at MSU-Northern, Mouat has had five players earn NAIA All-American honors (Jaci Heny, DeLayne Johnston, Stacie Barker, Samm Schermele, and Laramie Schwenke. Schermele was a two-time selection, joining Dani Davison as the only Skylight to be named an All-American twice. Eleven players (Camille Gardner, Jayla McPherson, Chelsie Searle, Kylee Starr, Dana Ball, Kaylee Shaw, Jennie Lee, Michaela Howe-Cobb, Taylor Cummings, Leah Olson, and Nikki Tresch) have earned Daktronics NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, and thirteen players have earned All-Frontier honors.  Barker was a two-time Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Skylights first-ever Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American. In four of the past seven seasons, the Skylights have been honored by the WBCA for their efforts in the classroom as a Top 25 Academic Team.  The 2012-2013 team maintained a 3.38 grade point average, good for 17th in the nation among all NAIA women’s teams.  The 2012-2013 Skylight team allowed 56.03 points per game, good for 10th fewest in NAIA Division I basketball.

Twice in his seven seasons, the Skylights have led NAIA Division I in free throw percentage (2005-06 and 2010-2011). Stacie Barker currently holds the NAIA all-time record for shot block average in a career. His teams have broken ten school records (including 5 during the 2011-2012 season), and 14 players have set all-time single game, season, or career marks at MSU-Northern.

Mouat coached the Skylight team that advanced to the round of 16 at the NAIA National Tournament in 2006, and two Skylights have earned NAIA National Player of the Week honors (Jaci Heny in 2006 and Stacie Barker in 2009).


  Nicole Yazzie
Assistant Coach
(1st Year)

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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 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.



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