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Tyson Thivierge Tyson Thivierge

Head Coach (7th Year)

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In 2012-13, Coach Thivierge and his staff produced the best season to date for the 6th year coach.  The team went 10-5 in duels and the season concluded with the team placing 3rd at the 2013 NAIA National Championships and garnering 7 NAIA All-Americans in the process.  Leading the way was junior Cameron Neiss, placing 2nd at 133.  Other All-Americans include Aaron LaFarge (5th @ 125), Duell Stadel (6th @ 125), Micky Cheff (5th @ 157), Ethan Hinebauch (3rd @ 165), Max Payne (4th @ 174) and Toby Cheff (3rd @ 184).    The Lights were able to qualify 9 wrestlers to Nationals.  In 2013-14, things look extremely bright for the Lights coaching staff when they return 6 All-Americans and 10 current or former starters and reload with some extremely talented redshirts from 2012-13 including Eli Hinebauch, Tommy Cooper, Jared Miller, Garrett DeMers and Jorrell Jones.  Thivierge and assistant coach Dustyn Azure are extremely proud of last season’s accomplishments, but they are looking for more in 2013-14. 

Coach Thivierge and Coach Azure have added 9 crucial and talented recruits to this year’s roster, including Billings West star Jake Leinwand (174/184), Ronan’s Colby Roberts (184), transfer Justin Gardner (141) and many others.  The Lights are expecting big things for many years to come and the coaches feel as if they are putting the right pieces together to make a long and dominant run in the NAIA.

Before coming back to MSU-Northern, Thivierge spent some years moving around the country from Tennessee, Washington and Nevada.  In Tennessee, Thivierge served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before moving to Clarkston, WA where he assisted his high school coach for two seasons.  In 2006 Coach Thivierge got his first crack at a Head Coaching position at Carson High School, in Carson City, NV.  Thivierge served as Head Coach for two seasons before he was hired at his alma mater MSU-Northern.

Coach Thivierge was one of many talented student-athletes under then coach David Ray.  He was the 2nd ever 4-time NAIA All-American (1st, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd) for MSU-Northern, with his career being capped off in 2002 with an NAIA National Championship of his own at 184lbs, as well as being named the Outstanding Wrestler of the 2002 NAIA National Championships.  During his senior season, he placed 4th in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Open and 2nd at the prestigious Midlands Championships.  Coach Thivierge was part of two National Championship teams in 1999 and 2000 and graduated from MSU-Northern in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education.

Coach Thivierge is the proud father of Northerns two biggest fans Orion and Marlee Thivierge.  His supportive and loving wife of 10 years, Stephanie, is also a 2003 Northern graduate and is the Branch Manager at US Bank.






Dustyn Azure Dustyn Azure
Assistant Coach
3rd  Year

Entering his second season as assistant coach for the Lights, coach Azure has proven to be an important asset for the Lights.  Azure brought in knowledge and a powerful strength and conditioning program that proved to be the difference the Lights were looking for.  Coach Azure was instrumental in helping guide 7 individuals to All-American honors and the team to a 3rd place National finish with that program and his enthusiasm for Northern. 

For six years Coach Azure taught and coached at Ronan High School in Ronan, MT.  He has spent two years as the assistant coach and 4 years as head coach.  Coach Azure was also a student athlete under Coach David Ray.  Coach Azure was a two time NAIA All-American placing 4th in 2000, and 6th in 2005.  Coach Azure graduated MSU-Northern with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. 

Coach Azure is supported by his loving wife Jennifer Azure and the proud Father of three girls Kierstyn, Sydnee, and Mackenzee Azure. 








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