Faces of Sports: Paul Bergman

Paul Bergman poses for a photo as a member of the
Hastings College basketball team in 1978.

As a 6-foot-9 inch player at Hastings College, Paul Bergman was the center of attraction on the basketball court.

A four-year player on the men’s basketball team in the mid-to-late 1970s, he established himself as a dominant force in the middle in the Bronco lineup on both ends of the court. His abilities were good enough to capture the eye of several semi-professional basketball teams when Hastings College traveled abroad to play games in Finland and Sweden in 1978.

That exposure led to a 15-year professional basketball career in Europe from 1978-93 that included stops in Finland and France.

Yet for all his accolades on the court, Bergman wasn’t always big man on campus. Following the family’s move to Omaha as a youngster, he tried his luck at several sports at Lewis and Clark Middle School, including basketball, the 440 and high jump in track, and wrestling. But nothing really clicked.

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