DICKINSON, ND- Dickinson State University Head Baseball Coach Jason Watson is pleased to announce the signing of Jason Thibault, Jacob Cuch and Austin Tennant who will be joining the Blue Hawks for the 2016 season.
"We are very excited to have these three guys joining our program at semester," said Watson. "They will really help us with depth on the field and on the mound. They are very good student-athletes who also have a great work ethic. I cannot wait to get them on the field to see what they can do for our program."
Thibault attended the 2015 fall semester at Montana State University- Billings as a member of the Yellowjacket Baseball team. Jason was a four sport standout at Glasgow High School as he participated in Football, Basketball, Track and Baseball. During his time at GHS, Thibault earned All-State in Baseball, Basketball and Football and was an Honor Roll student.
"I chose to sign with DSU because it is a good fit academically and athletically and I have the opportunity to play two sports," said Thibault.
Thibault will also be joining the Blue Hawk Football team next fall. Jason is the son of Willie and Joan Thibault and plans to major in Education at Dickinson State University.
"Adding Jason to our team gives us depth all over the field. He can pitch, catch and play anywhere on the infield as well as the outfield. He is a tremendous athlete and has a great future as a Blue Hawk," stated Watson.
Cuch is a transfer from the University of Calgary who attended George McDougall High School in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. He has helped his team to three consecutive league championships, was named 2015 MVP, first team All-Star catcher, won the James Tonks Award for top hitter in the league and has set the league record for doubles in a single season.
"I chose to sign with DSU because they have the classes to further my education in mathematics. I was also encouraged by the stability of the baseball program and the fact that DSU is closer to my family than other offers I received," said Cuch.
Cuch graduated High School at 16 years old and has been a teaching assistant with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary for the last two years. Jacob is the son of Richard and Linda Cuch and plans to major in Mathematics at Dickinson State University.
"Jacob is one heck of a hitter. He has power to all fields and is very good behind the plate. He can also play first and third which makes him a great addition to our program," stated Watson.
Tennant has spent the last few years playing professional hockey after two years of baseball at Miles Community College. Austin attended Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyoming where he earned multiple All-State Baseball and Hockey awards.
"I really wanted to play baseball again and finish my degree and Dickinson State was a great fit for me," said Tennant when asked why he chose Dickinson State.
Austin is the son of Jennifer Kennedy and Brian Tennant. Austin plans to major in Accounting at Dickinson State University.
"Austin is an outstanding catcher behind the plate with a great arm. He is very competitive and hard-nosed which shows from him playing professional hockey. I am very excited to see him get back behind the plate," stated Watson.
The Blue Hawks finished 5-5 in their fall season and will open the 2016 season in a four game series with the University of Minnesota- Crookston (NCAA Div. 2) on March 4th and 5th. Location is still to be determined.