Head Coach (5th Year)
Coach Thivierge enters his 5th season having coached
12 NAIA All-Americans, 2 National Champions and an Academic
All-American. In the
2011-12 season, Thivierge led the Lights to a 10-5 dual meet
record, 3rd place at the West NAIA National Qualifier
and a 7th place finish at the NAIA National
Lights brought home 4 All-Americans in Anthony Weerheim placing
4th, Ethan Hinebauch placing 6th, Max
Payne placing 8th and Evan Hinebauch placing 3rd. Evan became only the fifth 4-time All-American in
Northern’s storied history. The Lights will be returning 13 athletes from previous
years and also have three returning All-Americans in Ethan
Hinebauch, Max Payne and Cameron Neiss (2011).
Coach Thivierge has added 14 talented wrestlers to this year’s
roster, including Chinook’s Jorrell Jones (197), Havre’s Eli
Hinebauch (157), Helena’s Tucker Erickson (285) and Madras, OR
star Travis Williams (285). Others include transfers Aaron La Farge (125), Chris
Williams (125) and many others. The Lights are looking tough in 2012-13 and are excited
to get underway!
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
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 loving wife of 8 years, Stephanie, is also a 2003
Northern graduate and is the Branch Manager at US Bank.
This is Coach Dustyn Azure’s 1st
year assisting the Lights. For the past six years Coach Azure has been teaching and
coaching 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.