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  • Burning River Lacrosse - Directors / Coaches

    Burning River Lacrosse's directors / coaches are some of the area’s top college coaches, high school coaches, college players (BR Alumni) and high school players (BR players). Burning River's coaches are focused on the goal of improving our player’s individual / fundamental stick skills, his positional skill set (Attack, Midfield, Defense and Goaltending), and his understanding of team concepts (Transition and Set Piece Offense and Defense) play.  We do this by spending the vast majority of our coaching time teaching techniques and fundamentals in individual or small group sessions.



    Woody Calleri - Founder / Director

    Coach Calleri is in charge of player development for all of Burning River Lacrosse's travel teams. In the past 9 years these teams have seen phenomenal success win 23 national tournaments, finishing 2nd in 15 national tournaments and reaching the semifinals in an addition 13 tournaments. In addition, over 160 of our travel team players have commit to or are playing for over 75 different college programs at all competitive levels (D1, D2, D3, JUCO). Our college players have reached the NCAA championship game on 5 occasions win 2 National Titles. Under his leadership BR players and Alumni have achieved the following in the past 3 years (2015, 2016, 2017):

    Alumni:

    • 1 Superbowl Title (Griff Whalen / Patriots)
    • 3 Pro Players (Lacrosse)
    • 2 National Champions
    • 2 Conference (OAC) Freshman Of The Year
    • 6 Conference Player of the Week
    • 26 All Conference Awards
    • 23 Conference Champions and 3 Conference Runner Ups
    • 31 Players Participating In The NCAA Tournament

    High School:

    • 7 Ohio Position Player Of The Year - ( Attack, 2 Midfield, LSM, Defense, 2 Goalie)
    • 3 MVP State Championship Game - (2 Offensive and Defensive)
    • 50 All Ohio - in 2016 - 7 (1st Team), 6 (2nd Team), 2 players (HM)
    • 19 of 30 All Americans
    • 8 Academic All Americans
    • 3 Northern Ohio Player of the Year
    • 146 All Region - in 2016 - 32 (1st Team), 11 (2nd Team), 8 (HM)
    • 73 Captains

    University School - Offensive Coordinator (2010 & 2011)
    In 2011 and 2010 he helped lead the team the Ohio High School State Division 2 Championship game. The 2010 team set school records with 285 goals, 175 assists and a 37.8% shooting percentage (The prior year’s totals were 183 goals, 96 assists, and 23% shooting percentage) and finished the season ranked #2 in Ohio in offense. The 2011 team was the second highest scoring team in school history finishing behind on ly the 2010 team.

    St. Ignatius High School - Head Coach (2006-2009); Defensive Coordinator (2004-2005)
    In 2009 he helped lead the team to the OHSLA Division 1 state quarterfinal (14-5 record). The team was voted #2 in Northern Ohio (NOSLCA poll) and #8 in Ohio (Laxpower ranking). The team recorded its 2nd highest goal total in school history (25 years). 2009 players were honored with 7 All-Region Awards, 3 All-Ohio Awards and 1 All-American award. He was nominated for 2009 NOSLCA “Coach of the Year” award. Prior Year Highlights - 2008 team reached the OHSLA Division 1 state quarterfinals (12-7 record) and was ranked #2 in Northern Ohio and #10 in Ohio (Laxpower ranking). In the 2007, 208 and 2009 the teams had 1 Academic All American, 2 All Americans, 9 All Ohio, 2 Defensive Players of the Year and 20 All Region award recipients. 2008 OHSLA “Man of the Year” award recipient. 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 MSLCA tournament divisional champion. 2005 Assistant Coach of the Year recipient.

    Other - Ohio High School Lacrosse Association (OHSLA) Executive Committee member (2009, 2008), President, Northern Ohio Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association (NOSLCA) (2009, 2008), North Coast Lacrosse Association board member (2008, 2007).




    Devin Bushweller - Lake Erie College - Offensive Coordinator (2017 - present)

    Coach Bushweller is the current offensive coordinator at Lake Erie College. His previous coaching experience includes stints as an assistant at Christopher Newport (Fall 2015), St. Mary's College of Maryland (Spring 2016) as well as coaching the Evergreen (Leesburg, Va.) and Rebelax (Fairfax, Va.) club teams between 2012 and 2015.

    Bushweller was a four-year midfielder at Christopher Newport University, an NCAA DIII member of the Capital Athletic Conference. Bushweller served as team captain during his senior year (2014-15). He was part of the winningest class in program history and the 2015 squad set the school record for most wins with 11.

    He was a 2011 U.S. Lacrosse All-American at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas (Va.). Bushweller helped the Yellow Jackets to two district championships and one Virginia Northwest region championship. A four-time all-district honoree, he was chosen as the team MVP his senior year as well as a Washington Post All-Met selection.

    He graduated from Christopher Newport in May 2015 with a bachelor of arts in communications and a minor in U.S. National Security Studies.



    Alexander Chernosky – Assistant Head Coach, St. Ignatius High School (2017 - present)

    Coach Chernosky played 5 years at Canisius College as an LSM and Close Defender. In 2016 he played in all contests and recorded 29 GBs and 5 CTs. His 2012 team won the MAAC Conference Champion and made an NCAA tournament appearance.

    He is originally from Cleveland and played high school lacrosse at Westlake High School. 



    Jason Griffith – Head Coach, Shaker High School (2012 - present)

    Coach Griffith is the head coach at Shaker Heights High School. In 2016, he was named GCC Coach of the Year, his team won the GCC Championsship. Follow that season his players won the following awards: All-GCC (6), All-Region (9), All-State (3), and All-American (1). Prior to coaching Shaker Hts, he was the offensive coordinator St. Edward High School and the assistant coach at the University of Delaware.

    He played his lacrosse at the University of Delaware and WRA.



    Carl Haas - Ohio Northern University - Assistant Coach (2017 - present)

    Carl Haas is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Ohio Northern men's lacrosse team. Haas has a wealth of experience at the collegiate level coaching men's lacrosse. Haas's resume includes coaching stints at St. Andrews Presbyterian (N.C.) College, Roanoke (Va.) College, Saint Vincent (Pa.) College, and DePauw (Ind.) University. 

    In the spring of 2003 he served as the assistant coach for St. Andrews Presbyterian before a 5-year stint at Roanoke College where he served as the assistant coach from 2003-2008.

    After taking an assistant coaches position at Saint Vincent College from 2008-2009, Haas took over as the head men's lacrosse at Saint Vincent from 2009-2012.

    He most recently served as the head coach at DePauw University where he oversaw the team from 2012-2016 and transitioned the program into a full time varisty sport at DU.

    Haas received his Bachelor's Degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute in 2001. He was also a member of the men's lacrosse team at VMI where he was a four time letterwinner and two time captain for the team. 

    Haas was named Defensive Player of the Year at VMI during the 2001 season, and was a co-recipient of the Fred Hope Memorial Award.



    BJ Jenkins - Hiram College - Head coach (2012 - present)

    Coach Jenkins has coached college lacrosse for over 25 years.  At native of Great Neck (LI) NY, Jenkins was an All-American in both Lacrosse & Football at G.N. North High School as an Attackman & Running Back. Jenkins began his post-secondary playing career at SUNY-Cobleskill prior to transferring to Cortland and was an honorable mention All-American in 1984 and was a two-time All-Region award winner (1984-85). He was also a member of the 1983 & 84 team that competed in the NJCAA Tournament and finished fourth overall. As a student-athlete at SUNY-Cortland, Jenkins played two years of lacrosse and was a member of a team that captured the 1986 and 1987 SUNYAC Championship. In his first season at Cortland, he was named second-team All-SUNYAC as a midfielder.

    After Graduation, Jenkins coached at Lafayette (Pa.) College for four seasons (1989-93) as an offensive coordinator and also coached a player who was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year during the 1991 season. Jenkins then served as the Head Assistant Coach at Division I Lehigh (Pa.) University, and was the defensive coordinator for four seasons (1994-98). In 1995 and 1996, Jenkins’ defenses ranked as the top and third best defenses in the NCAA and coached two Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year (1995 and 1997). In 1999 Jenkins became the Head Coach at Shenandoah (Va.) University. While at Shenandoah, Jenkins led the Hornets to their most successful season in school history in 2007 with nine overall wins and five wins in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. The seven-game improvement was also good for the biggest single-season turnaround in NCAA lacrosse history. The Hornets would also post nine victories the following year during the 2008 season. He was also named the PAC conference coach of the year in 2005. In 2012, Jenkins started the Men’s Lacrosse Program at Hiram College. For the past four years he has lead this new team & is looking forward to building a winning program moving forward.

    Jenkins post-collegiate playing career included being the All-Time leading scorer for the Lehigh Valley Club (1992-1999), 3 year starting attackmen for MAB Paints Club (1989-92), Member of the Philadelphia Wing, MILL (1992), member of Team USA (2001) at the World Championships (Master’s Division) in Perth, Australia.

    Jenkins has been married for 24 years to his wife, Kathryn, and they have a daughter & son – Kayla (21) and Hunter (18).  They reside in Solon, OH.



    P. J. Kavanagh - The College Of Wooster - Head coach (2015 - present)

    Coach Kavanagh has coached lacrosse for over 20 years spanning youth, high school, college and the professional ranks.  Raised in Syracuse, NY, Kavanagh played goalie at Henninger High School and then goalie and LSM while at Division I Colgate University.  After graduation, he served for 10 years as a high school coach before moving to the college level with Plattsburgh State in NY.  During his tenure at Plattsburgh State, first as an assistant then as the head coach, the Cardinals improved dramatically, and in his final three years the Cardinals were recognized among the Top Twenty in Division III.  Kavanagh left Plattsburgh for the opportunity to build a new lacrosse program at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH.  In just two years, Kavanagh recruited two strong classes (including several excellent Burning River players!), and he built a quality program featuring an explosive offense and a strong goaltender.  Kavanagh also enjoyed three stints as assistant coach in Major League Lacrosse (MLL); one season with the Bridgeport Barrage and two seasons as the Defensive Coordinator with the Ohio Machine.

    Kavanagh stepped away from college coaching briefly to work more regular hours and spend more time with his family. During that time, he served as Offensive Coordinator with the North Canton varsity program and continues to volunteer as a Committee Member and youth coach with North Canton Youth Lacrosse where he coaches his three sons.

    Returning to the college ranks, Kavanagh is the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at the College of Wooster. His first two years feature team records of 9-7 and 10-7, including an NCAC playoff berth following the 2016 campaign. Kavanagh's most recent senior classes of 2016 and 2017 set and tied schools records for wins by a graduating class.  In 2017, Wooster finished their third consecutive winning season and second consecutive berth in the NCAC tournament. The Fighting Scots set a school record with a 5-0 start in NCAC play and scored over 200 goals this past spring.



    Mike Perrino - John Carroll - Assistant Coach (2017 - present)

    Coach Mike Perrino is in his first year with the John Carroll University lacrosse program, after spending his last two seasons at Canisius College as a player. Perrino began his college career at Wooster College in 2012, where he had 19 points and was a huge contributor to the team tallying fourteen goals and five assists in fourteen games. He was also no stranger to the faceoff ‘X’ where he had a 53.4% on faceoffs for his career.

    In 2015, he appeared in four games and was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. He continued his fine form into his senior year at Canisius, where he appeared in all twelve games and recorded six points with three goals and three assists. He had a career best three points in a game, tallying three assists against Robert Morris. He also added goals against Sienna, Manhattan and Quinnipiac in the MAAC tournament. He was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team for the second time in two years to end his college career.



    Bryan Reinert - The College Of Wooster - Defensive Coordinator (2014 - present)

    Coach Reinert brings coaching experience from a couple of high-quality NCAA Div. III programs and a playing background at a nationally-ranked NCAA Div. I team, is currently the assistant coach of Wooster’s men’s lacrosse team. He is the defensive coordinator and in charge of recruiting.

    At Wooster, Reinert's defenses have led the North Coast Athletic Conference in caused turnovers in three consecutive years, and two of his charges - Jack Gilio and Ethan Scully - ranked first and fourth individually in the league in that stat in 2016.

    Prior to Wooster, Reinert was an assistant at New England College, helping the Pilgrims to a 10-7 record as their defensive coordinator in 2013. Three of the defenders he coached and the goalie were selected all-conference following the season.

    Reinert was part of Gettysburg College’s tradition-rich lacrosse program during the 2012 campaign when the Bullets went 11-7 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Div. III Championships. He worked extensively with the defense, goalies, and face-off specialists among other duties.

    As a collegiate player, Reinert started at defender for two seasons at Div. I Stony Brook University. Both years he started the team won the American East Conference regular season championship (2010, 2011), and the Seawolves also won the AEC Tournament in 2010. Highlighting his time there, Stony Brook reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 NCAA Tournament and was ranked No. 6 in the nation (highest ranking for any sport in school history).

    Reinert still plays the game, currently as a member of Team STX in the LXM Pro Tour.



    Alex Skvarch - Walsh University - Head Coach (2015 - present)

    Alex Skvarch completed his third season as the Head Men’s lacrosse Coach at Walsh University.  In the 2017 season, the team made its first post-season appearance in program history as they made the GMAC semifinals.  Also, he coached the GMAC Goalie of the year, Senior Dylan Ciolino in 2017 along with 3 All-GMAC 1st Team players, Midfielder, Bryan Crim, Defenseman, Mark Guzik and Goalie, Dylan Ciolino. The team also recorded it's first win over a top ten ranked opponent.

    In 2016, his second season as the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, coached an All-ECAC 1st Team Midfield selection, Bryan Crim, the first 1st Team Selection in program in history.  Also, he coached 2 more All League selections as Mark Guzik made 2nd Team All ECAC at defense and Alex Hudgens was HM All-ECAC at midfield as well. In 2015 in his first year as the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, he coached the first All-League selection in program history, Defenseman Mark Guzik was selected to 2nd Team All-ECAC in 2015. 
    Skvarch served as an assistant coach for the Walsh Lacrosse Program in 2014.

    Skvarch previously served as the Defensive Coordinator at the Hartwick College. While at Hartwick College, Skvarch coached two USILA North/South game participants, four Empire 8 All-League players, and one Academic All American. Last season, he coached six ECAC All-Rookie Team selections and two ECAC Defensive Player of the Week selections.

    Skvarch also played lacrosse at Hartwick and was a two-year captain, selected to the Empire 8 Second Team in 2011, and ended his four-year career with 153 groundballs and 98 caused turnovers in 51 games.  Skvarch was selected to the Empire 8 Sportsman of the Year Team and was named the team’s Defensive MVP in 2011.



    Nat St. Laurent - Ohio Northern University - Head Coach (2016 - present)

    Coach St. Laurent is in his second season at the helm of the men's lacrosse program, while leading the program to an 8-7 mark in its inaugural season in 2016. He also serves as an assistant coach for the Ohio Machine, a professional team that competes in the Major League Lacrosse.

    Prior to that St. Laurent worked for four seasons as an assistant lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee (Va.), where he served as offensive coordinator. During that time, the Generals have posted a 35-21 record with two trips to the ODAC Tournament finals and a bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament. He coached eight All-ODAC honorees, two All-Americans and the ODAC Rookie of the Year while at W&L. In 2013, the Generals finished the season ranked eighth nationally and scored the fourth-most goals in program history.

    Prior to his experience at W&L and Ferrum, St. Laurent had been an assistant lacrosse coach at VMI for three seasons (2005-08), helping steer the Keydets to a conference postseason berth for the first time and helping direct one of the top offenses in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. At VMI, he coached the MAAC Player of the Year and two All-MAAC honorees.

    During his time in Lexington, St. Laurent also served as a special education teacher at Enderly Heights Elementary School (2005-06) and Waddell Elementary School (2007-09).  He is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, garnering recognition as the Soldier of the Year and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year.



    Brian Stepanek – Head Coach, Westlake High School (2012 - present)

    Coach Stepanek has led Westlake High School to multiple Sweet 16 and Elite 8 tournament appearances, while mentoring several all-Ohio, and 20+ all-region selections as well as an OHSLA Position Player of the Year at LSM. Coach Stepanek was named OHSLA Division II Coach of the Year in 2014. Coach Stepanek’s players have matriculated to programs at the Division I, II and III levels of NCAA, as well as the highest levels of MCLA lacrosse.

    A Hudson, OH native, Coach Stepanek played high school lacrosse at Western Reserve Academy, and went on to earn four letters at NCAA Division III Dickinson College. At WRA and Dickinson, Coach Stepanek played for nationally ranked teams, which won Midwest, and Centennial Conference Championships, respectively.

    Aside from his time at Westlake, Coach Stepanek has served as a club, camp and all-star team coach, and also worked on the Under Armour All-America New England Region evaluation staff.

    Outside of lacrosse, Coach Stepanek, a Cleveland resident, works as an Analytics Subject Matter Expert for the IBM Corporation, and enjoys spending his limited free time kayaking and searching for decent blues joints.




    Zach Vehar – FOGO Coach (Syracuse 2018)

    Zack is currently a FOGO at Syracuse University. Prior to Syracuse, Zack went to Hudson High School where he played four years of varsity football, wrestling, and lacrosse. During his high school career, Hudson won the Division 1 state championship in 2011 and made it to the final four in 2012. High school honors include 2x first team all region, 2x all state, and 2013 D1 specialist of the year. He attended Quinnipiac freshman year of college and was named to the MAAC Rookie team. He then transferred to Syracuse prior to sophomore year, were he helped his team win the ACC tournament in 2015 and 2016. 



    Former Burning River Players / Assistant Coaches

    Anthony Ameo - FOGO Coach (Ohio State 2022)
    Anthony is a 3x starter and letterman as a FOGO at St. Ignatius High School. His high school honors include: Midwest Under Armour team, 1st team All Midwest Tournament, 1st team All Region, King of the Hill tournament All-Star, Trilogy 24 All-Star, FLG in 3D All-Star, Buckeye Battle All-Star, 2x Can Am Invitational - King of the X face off.

    Alex Brown - Midfield Coach (Albany 2019)
    Alex is currently a midfielder at the University of Albany. In high school, Alex was a 4x starter and letterman at Midfield for Solon High School. His high school honors included: 2x first team All-Region, All-State, Under Armour Underclass All-American, Peak 200 All-Star and he was selected to play in the Ohio Machine Senior All-Star game. Alex has been a part of Burning River for 8 years.

    Mario Caito - Attack Coach (Canisius 2019)
    Mario is a 2 year starter at Attack for Canisius College. In high school, Mario was a 4x starter and 2 year captain at Attack for Solon High School. His high school honors included: 3X All-Region, 2X All-State, 2X U.S. Lacrosse All-American Attackmen and Under Armour Underclass All-American and he was selected to play in the Ohio Machine Senior All Star Game. Mario has been a part of Burning River for 7 years.

    Stephen Coss - Midfield Coach (Canisius 2018)
    Stephen is a 3 year letter winner and Junior Captain at Midfield for Canisius College. A 2014 graduate of Jackson High School, Coss earned all state honors and will be attending Division 1 Canisius College in the fall of 2014. Steven Coss also played on the Burning River travel teams for 5 years and was a part of the 2013 Elite team which won the MVP recruiting tournament.

    Drew Fox - Defense Coach
    Drew was a 4x varsity defensive letter winner at Solon High School, Solon defensive MVP in 2015, and 2x All Region selection.  He was also selected to play in the Ohio Machine Senior All-Star Game.  He currently plays college lacrosse at Ohio Northern University.  At ONU he was selected as the 2016 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Freshman of the Year, and also second team All OAC.  He lead ONU with 36 Caused Turnovers, and had 43 Ground Balls.  Ranked second in the OAC, and 30th in the nation in Caused Turnovers. As a sophomore he was selected second team All OAC. Drew has been with Burning River for 7 years.

    Hunter Jenkins - Attack Coach (Hirma 2020)
    Hunter Jenkins is currently a starting attackman at Hiram College(2020). As a freshman at Hiram he received an all conference (NCAC) Honorable mention selection. In high school Hunter was a four year letterman attackman at Solon High School. As a senior he was honored with first team all conference recognition (GCC) and regional honorable mention. 

    Bryan Karn - Goalie Coach (Univ. of Tampa 2019)
    Bryan is a 2 year letter winner at the University of Tampa. In high school Bryan was a 4 year varsity letter winner and 2 year captain as a goalie at Solon High School. He high school honors included: 3x 1st team all-region winner, 3x all-state, 2x US lacrosse All-American, and team MVP of Solon his junior year. He was selected to play in the Ohio Machine Senior All Star Game.

    Cameron Marous - Attack Coach (Ohio Northern University 2020)
    Cameron starter as a Freshman at Ohio Northern and was named Ohio Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 26-Apr. 1. Marous was a 4 year varsity starter at attack and 2 year captain for Brecksville Broadview Heights High School. He was All Region Honorable Mention as a sophomore and junior and participated in the Can-Am Showcase All-Star game. He holds the BBHHS record for both career and single season totals of goals assists, and points.

    Robert Perez - Attack Coach (Endicott 2017)
    Coach Perez is a senior at Endicott College. Prior to attending Endicott, Bobby went to Rocky River High School where he played four years of varsity hockey and lacrosse. During his high school career, Bobby led his team to back to back state finals appearances while being First Team All-State and First Team All-Region in both seasons. During his first two college seasons the gulls made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. In 2015, Endicott College won the Commonwealth Coastal Conference Championship.

    Mike Poe - Defense Coach (Mercyhurst 2017)
    Mike is a 4 year starter at LSM for Mercyhurst College. Coach Poe played all four years of lacrosse at Rocky River High School. While there he achieved 3 time 1st team all-region awards, 2 first team all-state awards, and position player of the year in 2013.

    Nate Brunner
    - Faceoff Coach (Limestone 2020)
    Coach Shaner is a four year varsity player at Mentor High School, where he earned was twice named to the all region team. 



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