Coaching StaffIncluding Consulting Team

  

Vinnie Lapiana, President

Vinnie has an extensive history in the sport of rugby as a player and administrator. He learned his rugby skills at the University of Wisconsin / Stevens Point (where he was President and Captain) and carried on for 12 additional years with one of the leading clubs in the USA, the Chicago Lions.  During his time with the Lions, he earned selection onto the elite Chicago Area Select Side and to this date, is the only member of the Lions to serve as their President, to be voted the club's Most Valuable Player AND win the prestigious Lowry Lion award for the highest contribution both on and off the field.

Paul Bergman, Head Coach

Head Coach Paul

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, son Harry (an ASRC alum) and daughter April.

Michael Pateras, High School Coach

Frosh/Soph Coach Mike

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 Team prior to moving to the USA. While attending Loyola University of Chicago, he formed the Loyola University Men’s Rugby Club. The Rugby club 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 a Certified Quality Manager, a Certified Software Quality Analyst and a Certified Corporate Safety Manager. He is currently employed as as a Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs consultant at AbbVie, a pharmaceutical, nutritional, diagnostic, and medical products company, in North Chicago, IL.

Michael lives in Mount Prospect with his wife Janet. His sons Gregory, Brian and Christopher are ASRC alumni.

Nick Tojaga, High School Coach

Backs Coach Tojaga

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, Middle School Coach

Dean Niro Middle School Coach

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 Derry, Middle School Head Coach

Mark Derry Middle School Coach

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 Lydon, Olympic 7's Head Coach

Olympic Head Coach Lydon

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 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 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 and is also a regular contributor to the Stallions Leadership Academy. He is a 2012 graduate of Conant High School.  

Athletico Physical Therapy

The Arlington Stallions organization is delighted to have the proactive support of Athletico Physical Therapy. Not only are they the official physical therapy partner to each of Chicago’s professional sports teams, they’re also committed to making sure a certified athletic trainer is in attendance at every Stallions’ competitive match. Athletico’s Certified Athletic Trainers prepare our rugby athletes and provide coverage throughout the entire match – keeping them healthy and able to do what they do best.

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Stallions Team Consultants

Dr. Brian Moss

Stallions Team Consultant Dr. Brian Moss
Sports Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Moss specializes in sports related injury and surgery. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Michigan State University. Following residency, he fulfilled a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine in San Diego, Ca, where he participated in the care of a variety of elite athletes including; NFL San Diego Chargers, U.S. Men's 7s Rugby, and ESPN X-Games among many others. Dr. Moss enjoys working with athletes of all ages and abilities. He enjoys the excitement of live game coverage, in addition to the clinic and surgical settings.

Dr. Moss practices at Orthopedic Associates in Arlington Heights along with Dr. Tom Kim and Dr. Ed Sladek. If he is not on the Stallions' Sidelines, you may reach him at 847-593-5511.

Dr. Matthew Monson

Matthew Monson

Dr. Monson began his Rugby career while in the Marine Reserve at the age of 18. While attending the University of Iowa he played Rugby and was selected to the All Marine team in 2003. He played for a Combined Service Team on two international tours in 2004 and 2006. Matthew accepted a scholarship to play Rugby at Palmer College from 2004-2008 where he received a doctorate in chiropractic. He continued playing Rugby on a tour to Ireland in 2009, and went into semi-retirement from playing in 2010.

Dr. Monson currently operates his own practice, Hawkeye Chiropractic in Arlington Heights and enjoys running marathons, traveling and coaching the sport of Rugby.

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