Paul Bergman’s rugby career started as an underclassman at NIU. After graduation he played for 10 years with the Chicago Lions Rugby Club and was the recipient of the Rookie of the Year and Lowry Lion awards. In addition, Paul earned all-star selection to Chicago area and Midwest select sides. He toured England, Ireland and South Africa with the Lions and played one season under World Cup champion coach Kitch Christie (South Africa). Paul went on to coach the Chicago Lions, Chicago Blaze, Chicago Area Select Side and Midwest Select Side (National Champion in 2006). Paul is a Certified 300 Level Coach by USA Rugby.
Paul currently works in cardiac diagnostic testing and rehabilitation. He is also a registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Paul holds a B.S. in Physical/Health Education from Northern Illinois University and an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Northeastern Illinois University.
Paul resides in Arlington Heights with wife Lana.
Michael Pateras began his Rugby career playing in Montreal, Canada. He played Second Row (Lock) for four years and was a member of two city championship teams each in 15's and 7's Rugby. He was invited to try out for the Quebec Provincial Select Side prior to moving to the USA. While attending Loyola University of Chicago, he formed the Loyola University Men’s Rugby Club; it re-established years later and is still active in men’s, as well as women’s, collegiate play. Michael is also a certified 200 Level USA Rugby Coach and Referee.
Michael is the Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at Richardson Healthcare, a global manufacturing and distribution company providing diagnostic imaging tubes, components and displays for CT and MRI equipment.
Michael lives in Mount Prospect with his wife Janet. His sons Gregory, Brian and Christopher are ASRC alumni.
Nick Tojaga’s passion for Rugby started while in the 7th grade growing up in British Columbia, Canada. In 1991, while in high school, he was a member of a National Championship team, beating Ontario in an overtime match.
Nick went on to college at the University of Louisville, where he ran track & field and played Rugby for a local club team. His team placed 2nd in the Midwest final in 1994. After graduating, he moved to Wayzata, MN and began coaching high school girls’ Rugby. As an assistant coach, he helped the team become State Champions 3 years straight (1999 - 2001). In 2002, he moved to Chicago and played for the Northwest Woodsmen under the tutelage of Paul Bergman.
With a degree in sports medicine, he is a Corrective and High Performance Exercise Specialist and has been training professionally for the past 17 years.
Nick resides in Itasca with his wife, Catherine.
Dean Niro began playing Rugby at the University of Colorado in the 1980's. At Colorado, he played on teams that finished second and third in the nation and was selected to the Eastern Rockies Select Side. He also played for the Boulder Rugby Club, the Gentlemen of Aspen, the Chicago Lions and the Lincoln Park Rugby Club. Most recently, Dean has been seen playing "old boys" Rugby for the Northwest Woodsmen.
Dean has a passion for the sport of Rugby and wants to teach young players about the game he loves so much.
Dean is an attorney in Chicago and lives in Arlington Heights with his wife, Pam. He has three sons, Nick, Marcus and Zack, who played for the Stallions.
Mark began his rugby career at Chase Terrace high school while in his native England. Moving on to college, he had a successful career playing lock for Lanchester University and in his spare time for Old Edwardians, with whom he still keeps in contact with as an old boy. After graduating, he went on to play for National Div. 4 club Litchfield, moving to the back row.
In 1989, work opportunities brought Mark to Chicago where he played for several seasons with the Chicago Griffins, again in the back row, albeit with several guest appearences in other positions before finally hanging up his boots.
Mark currently works for a UK-based Engineering company involved in diesel engine technology. He resides in Wheeling with his wife Lynnae and two sons, Winston, a former player, and Maxwell, an active player.
Kevin has been the coach of the Stallions Olympic 7's Rugby program since 2013. He joined the club as a member of the Stallions inaugural middle school side in 2008. In his Stallions career, as a high school player, he owned the distinction of having started every varsity match the club played. He also represented the Rugby Illinois All-State team, the Tornados, for four years. He was a USA Rugby High School All-American in 2011. In 2012, he was the Stallions first player to earn an athletic scholarship, attending Division 1A powerhouse Davenport University. At Davenport, Kevin earned starting positions on their 15's and Olympic style 7's sides, as well as being named to the D1A Mid-South All-Conference team. He was elected to be Davenport's team captain for their 2016 competitive season.
Kevin has led the Stallions Olympic program to Illinois High School State Championships in 2014 and 2015. He is a 2012 graduate of Conant High School.
Andrew joined the coaching staff for the high school 15’s and 7’s teams in 2018. He was a member of the Stallions inaugural middle school side in 2008. During his Stallions career, Andrew helped the Varsity side reach the playoffs for four straight years. He also represented the Rugby Illinois All-State team, the Tornados, and toured England, Wales, and Ireland with them in the summer of 2010. After graduating from Hersey High School in 2012, Andrew attended the University of Dayton on an academic scholarship to play D1AA collegiate rugby. At Dayton, Andrew earned starting positions on their 15’s and 7’s sides as a freshman, and helped Dayton to national rankings of #12 and #23 in D1AA and D1A, respectively, along with four straight MACRugby conference playoff appearances during his time there. He graduated from Dayton in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting along with a master’s degree in business administration. Andrew currently works for Calamos Investments as a Research Analyst.