Head Coach (14th Year)
Shawn joined MSU-Northern in 2002.
record of 275-143 (13 seasons) makes him the winningest coach in
Northern men’s basketball history.
At the beginning of 2014-15 (the most current year of
NAIA coach rankings) he reached 19th among winningest
active NAIA D1 men’s basketball coaches.
His winning percentage ranked him 9th among
that group (66%).
Huse has led the Lights to five NAIA National Tournament
appearances, five Frontier Conference Championships (League or
Tournament), one Conference Tournament Runner-Up finish, ten
Conference Tournament Semifinal appearances, and nine 20-Win
seasons. Shawn was named
an NAIA Don Meyer National-Coach-of-the-Year finalist in
2012-13, and was voted Frontier Conference Coach-of-the-Year for
the 2007-08 season.
Under Huse, the Lights have cracked the NAIA National polls
eleven of thirteen seasons and his teams have broken nine school
Last season the Lights tied for third in league play (their
tenth year in a row finishing in the top three of the conference
& eleventh year in his thirteen), finished first in the Frontier
Conference defensively for the sixth straight year (66 points
allowed per game), were first in threes-made/gm &
three-point-percentage at 9.7 & 40% (both 2nd
Nationally), and had three more All-Conference selections.
Coach Huse and his teams have made their home gym a daunting
place to play, racking up a career home record of 158-33.
For the past seven seasons they are 118-18 overall and
56-14 in conference play in their “unfriendly” confines.
Most importantly in Huse’s years at
MSUN, he has recruited and helped graduate a plethora of high
Of note, his teams have had an MSUN Student
Excellence Award winner in eight of his thirteen years (the
highest honor a student at MSU-Northern can receive; given to
roughly ten students each year).
Last season he had another NAIA Academic All-American,
three Academic-All-Conference Selections, and helped graduate
three more Lights.
Prior to working at MSU-Northern, Huse was a part of three very
successful teams as an assistant coach under Tom Kropp and Kevin
Lofton. While in
charge of defense at NCAA DII-power University of
Nebraska-Kearney (2000-02), they played in two Rocky Mountain
Athletic Conference (RMAC) Tournament Championships, earned a
school record eighteen consecutive wins, & finished regular
season champions in 2002. At
his alma mater of Montana Tech (1997-00) where Huse was named
league MVP as a player in
1995, the Orediggers won back-to-back Conference-Tournament
Championships and enjoyed the school's first ever
National-Tournament appearances in 1998 and 1999.
At his alma mater of Missoula Big Sky High School, the
Eagles won the school’s first and only State AA Championship
to-date his season there (1996-97).
Huse was born and raised in Missoula, MT.
He earned a Master of Arts
degree in Education
from University of Nebraska - Kearney (2002), a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Mathematics from the University of Montana (1997), and
a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Montana Tech
Stephanie, also from Missoula, attended Montana Tech and earned
a Bachelor of Science degree. She also
earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from MSU-Northern
(2006), and currently works as the Licensed Therapist for
AltaCare Counseling at Havre Middle School.
Stephanie and Shawn are the VERY proud parents of their daughter
Molly (11), and sons Matthew (8) & Braxton (3).
||Gage Aker (2nd Year)
Gage enters his second season as the men’s basketball assistant
coach. Prior to MSUN, he spent two seasons assisting at
Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, his alma mater. In
2014, Concordia advanced to the NAIA Division II National
Tournament for the first time in ten seasons. He earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in
Mathematics in 2013. Aker was an All-Cascade Collegiate
Conference point guard for the Cavaliers, where he is still
ranks in the top ten in numerous statistical categories. He also
played baseball for Concordia for a pair of seasons, where he
helped the 2013 team win the NAIA West Championship and advance
to the NAIA National Tournament (Relief Pitcher). Aker also
founded The Navy, a student spirit club, whose membership
quickly grew to over a thousand students. The Navy’s mission
includes fundraising (for all athletic and extra-curricular
activities) and generating school spirit at athletic events.
Aker graduated from Portland’s Wilson High School in 2008 where
he earned First Team All-Portland Interscholastic League honors
while playing for his father, Scott Aker. Aker is also currently
pursuing his Master’s in Education, Instruction and Learning at
MSUN and recently became engaged to the love of his life, miss
Sarah Letourneau of Glendora, CA and a current Admissions Office