Mouat enters his eleventh season guiding the Skylights following
a 29-6, second place Frontier Conference finish (11-3) in
2014-2015 and advanced to the Frontier Conference Tournament
title game. The Skylights also made their second-straight
appearance at the NAIA National Tournament.
There, they advanced to the round of 8 before falling to
Freed-Hardeman University, the #1 team in the nation.
MSU-Northern finished the season as the 8th ranked
team in NAIA Division I, and Mouat was named the 2014-2015
Frontier Conference Coach of the Year.
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.
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
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 and Edwards were two-time selections, joining Dani
Davison as the only Skylights to be named All-American twice.
Twelve Players (Camille Gardner, Jayla McPherson, Chelsie
Searle, Kylee Starr, Dana Ball, Kaylee Shaw, Jennie Lee,
Michaela Howe-Cobb, Taylor Cummings-3X, Leah Olson, Nikki Tresch,
and Taryn Norby) have earned Daktronics NAIA All-America
Scholar-Athlete honors, and seventeen players have earned
All-Frontier Conference honors. Barker and Edwards were the
first Skylights to be named to the WBCA’s All-American First
Team, and Edwards was the first to receive NAIA First Team
In six of his ten seasons, the Skylights have been honored by
the WBCA for their efforts in the classroom as a Top 25 Academic
Team. The 2014-2015 Skylights carried a 3.243 grade point
average, good for 24th in the nation.
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 2014-2015 Skylights set an all-time MSU-Northern record,
allowing only 50.7 points per game. Twice in his tenure, the
Skylights have led the nation in free throw percentage
(2005-2006 and 2010-2011). Two Skylights currently hold NAIA
Stacie Barker currently holds the NAIA all-time record for shot
block average in a career (5.0 per game), while A’jha Edwards
established an all-time record for rebounds in a game at the
NAIA National Tournament with 28.
His teams have broken ten school records, and 14 players
have set all-time single game, season, or career marks at
MSU-Northern. He has
guided the Skylights to three NAIA National Tournaments,
advancing to the Sweet 16 all three times and the Elite 8 once.
Entering the 2015-2016 season, Mouat has a career win/loss
record of 191-118, which ranks him 21st among active
NAIA coaches. He is
one of only three active coaches to make the top 25 list in ten
seasons or less.
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.
said, “Nicole brings a ton of experience to our program and one
of the best competitors I have ever coached against. She has
been well-coached along the way and has learned from some of the
best. She has a wealth of basketball knowledge and is a
huge part of all facets of our program.”