Head Coach (8th Year)
During the 2014-15 season, the Lights hit the
Having returned 3x All-American Ethan Hinebauch and
All-Americans Jared Miller, Toby Cheff and Garrett DeMers, the
Lights were one of the top teams in the country.
During the season, injuries plagued the Lights wrestlers.
Suffering a season ending injury, 2014 National Runner-up
Jared Miller could not compete again at the National Tournament.
Although the Lights suffered significant losses due to
the injuries of Jared Miller and Drew Randall, the Lights found
success at the NAIA National Tournament once again.
The Lights qualified 6 wrestlers for the NAIA Nationals
with Tommy Cooper (157), Ethan Hinebauch (165), Cole McArthur
(174), Willie Miller (184), Garrett DeMers (197) and Toby Cheff
(285) all securing bids to the NAIA National Tournament.
Garrett DeMers capped off a stellar season finishing as
National Runner-up at 197 for his second consecutive
All-American honor. Toby Cheff gained All-American honors for
the second time finishing 3rd at 285.
Ethan Hinebauch finished a brilliant career garnering his
4th consecutive All-American honor placing 5th
at 165. Ethan
becomes only the 6th Lights Wrestler in the programs
history to gain All-American honors in all four seasons of
stands alone as the best pinner in Northern’s storied history
with 112 pins and ranks 2nd nationally in all
For the 2015-16 season, the Lights return 4
NAIA National Qualifiers in Riley Miller (125), Willie Miller
(174), Garrett DeMers (197) and Toby Cheff (285).
Along with them, the Lights have added plenty of talent
with NJCAA National Champion Taylor Kornoely (285) from North
Idaho College, 4x Montana State Champion Matt Weber (133/141),
3x Montana State Champ and 4x Placer Brandon Weber (149), 3x
Idaho State Champ and 4x Placer Blake Ivie (133/141), Montana
State Champ and Runner-up Quintel Fuchs (125), 4x Idaho State
placer and 2x Runner-up Drake Randall (149) as well as many
other state champions and stand-outs.
In all, out of the 20 new recruits signed, 11 are current
or former State Champions.
The Lights roster has picked up much needed depth and
talent throughout the line-up.
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
(3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 1st)
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 fourth
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 14 individuals to All-American
status as well as two 3rd place team finishes in 2013
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