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Chris Mouat Chris Mouat
Head Coach
(9th Year)



Chris Mouat enters his ninth 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).


Chris Mouat  Laramie Schwenke
Assistant Coach
(1st Year)

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Laramie enters her first season as a Skylight assistant and MSU-Northern Sports Information Director.  Laramie played four seasons in a Skylight uniform before working as a student assistant in the 2012-2013 season.  As a player, she earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a junior, and First Team All-Conference and NAIA All-American honors as a senior.  During her senior season, she led the Skylights in points scored, rebounds, and assists.  Laramie totaled 825 points, 374 rebounds, and 266 assists in her career, despite missing over 30 games due to injuries.  She was also named the 2011-2012 MSU-Northern Female Athlete of the Year.  In May of 2013, Laramie earned her bachelor’s degree in diesel technology.


Chris Mouat  Nicole Tresch
Student Assistant

Nikki Tresch joins the staff after a two-year career in a Skylight uniform.  Following a two-year stint at Gillette College (WY), Nikki earned All-Conference honors as both a junior and a senior.  She was also named a 2013 NAIA Daktronics All-America Scholar Athlete.  As a Skylight, Nikki scored 726 points, dished-out 118 assists, and made 123 3-point field goals in two seasons.  She shot nearly 40% from the 3-point line and 82% from the free throw line.  Nikki is set to graduate in May with a degree in Elementary Education.




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