Head Coach (7th Year)
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
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
During his senior season, he placed 4th in the Cliff
Keen Las Vegas Open and 2nd at the prestigious
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.
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