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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 qualifying for nationals in each of the last six years and winning or reaching the championship game at numerous 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).

    In 2015 he led the 2019 team to the Pipe City U15 division championship, 2020 team to the 2020 division championship at Irondequit invitational and the 2017 team to the King of the Hill semifinals. In 2014 he led the 2015 team to a 14-4 record and an 5-0 record at the Syracuse Shootout. In 2013 he led the BR Elite team to their second consecutive MVP Tournament Championship, a 5-0 record at the Syracuse Shootout and a 15 game win streak against national competition at recruiting tournaments. In 2010 he led the BR Select team to the US National championship game at the NDP / Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions. In 2009, he led the BR Lax U15 team to the championship game at the NDP / Dick's Sporting Goods Atlantic Cup which qualified them for the National Tournament of Champions. In 2008, he led the BR Lax Elite travel team to victory at the NDP / Dick's Sporting Goods Midwest Cup which qualified them for the National Tournament of Champions.  He also led the BR Lax U15 team to the championship game at the NDP / Dick's Sporting Goods Midwest Cup.

    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).

    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.  In his second season the Fighting Scots concluded the regular season with a 10-6 record (5-3 NCAC) and qualified for the NCAC tournament. The Scots enjoyed their 3rd ranked NCAC win percentage in Wooster history 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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