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Tyson Thivierge Tyson Thivierge

Head Coach (7th Year)

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During the 2013-14 season, Coach Thivierge and Coach Azure put together another trophy season as well as the best dual meet season to date for this coaching duo.  The Lights placed 3rd in the NAIA National Championships for the second straight season as well as putting together a dual meet season record of 15-4.  The 2013-14 season saw plenty of highlights including two dual meet wins over rival UGF and another over Southern Oregon.  At the National Tournament, the Lights came away with four All-Americans including two runner-up finishes.  Senior Cameron Neiss capped off his third A.A. honor in four years by placing 3rd in a stacked weight class, while freshman Garrett DeMers climbed onto the podium placing 5th at 197.  Northern had two runner-up performances by first-time A.A. Jared Miller at 174 and Ethan Hinebauch at 165.  Last season, Ethan Hinebauch garnered his third A.A. honor in a row and he now has the potential to become only the 6th wrestler in Lights Wrestling history to gain the status of 4x All-American.  The other National Qualifiers that helped gain points for the 3rd place team finish are Micky Cheff (157), Kody Reed (184), Toby Cheff (197) and Jorrell Jones (285),

For the 2014-15 season the Lights are returning All-Americans Ethan Hinebauch, Jared Miller, Garrett DeMers and Toby Cheff (2013 A.A.), as well as past National Qualifiers in Riley Miller (2012 NQ) and Jorrell Jones.  Also, Northern has some returners looking to make waves in the line-up in Brenton Beard, Justin Rodgers and Tommy Cooper.  To aid in their quest for a team title, the Lights have added several talented recruits to help along the way highlighted by NJCAA All-American Cole McArthur, NJCAA National Qualifier Kris Newport, Division 3 transfer Drew Randall, as well as Division 1 transfer Willie Miller.  Adding depth and talent from the high school ranks are Mhar Caballa (AK), Dillon Tennant (MT), Austin Olson (WA), Logan Foster (WA), Rainier Montes (ID), Bradyn Rooks (MT), Terry Mason (NV), and Andrew Bartel (IA). >

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 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 third 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 have been looking for.  Coach Azure has been instrumental to this program in his first two seasons, helping guide 11 individuals to All-American status as well as two 3rd place team finishes in 2013 and 2014.  >

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 is the proud father of four beautiful girls Kierstyn, Sydnee, Mackenzee and Hallie Azure.




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