Chris Mouat enters his
tenth 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
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
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
Nicole Yazzie enters her first 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
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.