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Shawn Huse Shawn Huse
Head Coach  (14th Year)


Shawn joined MSU-Northern in 2002.  His career 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 records.

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 quality student-athletes.  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 (1995).  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).

Coach Aker Gage Aker (2nd Year)
Assistant Coach


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 Administrative Associate.

Coach Robinson Damian Robinson  (1st Year)
Student Assistant Coach

Damian played for the Lights from 2013 to 2015.  He served an integral role on his team reaching the NAIA National Tournament, posting a 2nd place conference finish, achieving a 3rd place tie, and helping two teams, once again, lead the Frontier Conference in defensive points allowed - Damian was a fierce defender and rebounder in that time, amassing 101 boards in two short seasons (since he was plagued by injury much of his two years in uniform here).  He continues to serve an important role for the Lights this season as he helps with day-to-day basketball operations, and education of Lights post play primarily, on the court.  This year Damian is working to complete his requirements for his Community Leadership degree.  And along with completing his school work while performing Lights basketball duties, he doubles as a youth mentor at the Havre Boys and Girls Club.  This past Spring he passed the first portion of his Firefighters’ Exam for the city of Chicago, IL (his home city) and continues to work to join the brotherhood of that noble department.

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