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Chris Mouat Chris Mouat
Head Coach
(10th Year)


  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 season. His nine-year tenure is the second shortest of anyone making the top 25 list.

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 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 All-American.

In 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 MSU-Northern.

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.

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