After resigning as the Montana State men’s basketball coach in March, Brad Huse didn’t take long to switch professions.
After exploring different options, Huse decided to stay in Bozeman as a commercial insurance sales executive at PayneWest Insurance.
“Ultimately, it was the right move and something I’m really excited about doing,” Huse said. “I’m excited about staying in Montana and staying in Bozeman and changing gears, doing something different and being more involved with my family and what they’re doing.”
The 9-to-5 job hasn’t completely taken Huse away from the basketball courts, though. He spent part of his spring and summer coaching the Montana Hoops AAU basketball team, which capped its tournament schedule at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas last week.
Huse’s son Adam played on the team with seven other seniors-to-be.
This spring has represented a tectonic shift for Brad Huse after spending the past 20-plus years on the college sideline, beginning with his three-year tenure as an assistant coach at Montana Tech and ending – for now – with his eight seasons at MSU, where the team went 107-134 overall and 64-72 in Big Sky Conference games.
Huse came to MSU in 2006 after two years as an assistant at the University of Montana. Before that, he had eight successful seasons as head coach at North Dakota's Jamestown College, where he was 184-60, won five league championships and made four appearances in the NAIA national tournament. In one three-season stretch, his teams went 52-2 in league play.
Huse was never able to match that success at MSU. He resigned after the Bobcats went 14-17 and missed the Big Sky Conference tournament for the first time in his tenure. Huse's high point with the Bobcats came in 2009, when the team made a surprising run to the championship game of the Big Sky tournament.
Before taking over at MSU, Huse was an assistant under Larry Krystkowiak at Montana with Wayne Tinkle, who was chosen Oregon State's coach in June after eight seasons as the Grizzlies’ head coach.
“Wayne and I are good friends,” Huse said. “I was excited for him when that opportunity came about. He and I have always talked about working together again; we had some discussions on the surface (about Huse joining the Beavers’ staff). I know he’s got an exciting task ahead of him. (But) I’m excited about what I’m doing.”
Huse, 47, is excited because not only will he be able to watch his son finish his career at Bozeman High School, he also said his new career “really fits me and my personality.”
As he looks forward, though, Huse said his tenure at MSU was memorable.
“I really enjoyed my time at Montana State,” he said. “I was really fortunate to have that opportunity. I was fortunate to have that experience there. The great part for me is the relationships I gained through that experience, both professionally and personally. I’ve been very fortunate to have those opportunities.”