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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 - Director
Burning River - Director (2005 to present)
Coach Calleri is in charge of player development for all of Burning River Lacrosse's travel teams. In the past 6 years these teams have seen phenomenal success qualifying for nationals in each of the last four years and winning or reaching the championship game at numerous tournaments. In addition, over 70 of our travel team players have commit to or are playing for over 50 different college programs at all competitive levels (D1, D2, D3, JUCO).
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).
Jack Fisher - Director
Burning River - Director
In 2010 he lead the BR Select team to an undefeated (5-0) record at the Lake Erie Showcase and the BR Elite to an undefeated record (5-0) at the Syracuse Shootout. In 2009 he led the BR Lax Select 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 Select travel team to victory at the NDP / Dick's Sporting Goods Midwest Cup which qualified them for the National Tournament of Champions.
University School - Head Coach, High School, (2004 to present)
The 2012 season marks Coach Fisher's ninth year as head lacrosse coach at University School, his twelfth season as a head coach and his thirteenth season coaching overall. In eleven seasons (up to 2011) as a head coach, Coach Fisher's teams have amassed a record of 115 - 54 and have won 3 Ohio High School Lacrosse Association (OHSLA) state championships (2003: Chagrin Falls, 2008, 2009: University School). Coach Fisher's teams have reached the OHSLA state finals 5 times, semifinals 8 times and been OHSLA Regional Champion in each of the last 6 years. Coach Fisher's University School team has not lost to a fellow Division 2 opponent the last four seasons. Coach Fisher is a two-time OHSLA state coach of the year (2003: Division 3; 2009: Division 2), the 2006 Greater Cleveland High School Lacrosse League Co-Coach of the year, the 2009 Northeast Ohio Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches' Association Co-Coach of the year, and the 2009 Northcoast Chapter US Lacrosse Co-Coach of the year. Coach Fisher has also twice coached the OHSLA North team in the OHSLA North-South Senior All-Star game.
Jake Kubasta - Assistant Director / U15 Team Director
Jake Kubasta – Assistant Director Burning River Lacrosse (U15 Team Director)
Coach Kubasta is in charge of goalie development for all of Burning River Lacrosse's travel teams. He is the lead coach on our U15 Team and with coach Scully shares responsibilities for player development of our developmental teams at the U15, U14 and U13 levels. In 2011, he led our U15 team to a 3rd place finish at the NDP / Dick's Sporting Goods Atlantic Cup which qualified them for the National Tournament of Champions. At the NDP / Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions he led the team to the Elite Eight game and a 6th place finish.
Coach Kubasta was a 4-year varsity letter winner and Senior Captain at The College of Wooster.
Jim Scully - Coach / U14 Team Director
Coach Scully is the lead coach on our U15 Team and with Coach Kubasta shares responsibilities for player development of our developmental teams at the U15, U14 and U13 levels.
Head Coach, Hawken School
Scully's coaching experience stretches back 26 years after finishing as a player (defense, long-stick midfield) at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. In 2000 he founded the first middle school team at Hawken School and was involved with coaching U-15 select teams in 2006 and 2008 that competed in national events in Florida and New York respectively. In 2009 he was named head coach for the boys varsity program at Hawken School and has compiled a 39-14 record including a trip to the OHSLA Division II final four in 2009. Scully is in his 18th year as a 7th grade history teacher at Hawken Middle School. He lives in Novelty with his wife Elizabeth and his three children Peter, Hannah, and Ethan.
Former Burning River Players / Assistant Coaches
Coach Nate Blue has been coaching in the Burning River leagues and camps for the past two summers. Nate had an outstanding High School career at Medina, where he was one of the top middies in the state (1st team all state) and earned All-American Honors his senior year. Coach Nate Blue is now a freshman at Bellarmine University.
Coach Sean Blue has been a travel team coach for the past two summers. Sean was a 4-year varsity letter winner during his High School career at Medina High School. Upon graduating in 2008, Sean went on to play lacrosse at Bellarmine University where he has played on the defensive midfield for the last two seasons.
Coach Kirby has worked for Burning River lacrosse for three years coaching in the league, skills camp and summer camps and prior to that played on Burning River’s Travel Team in 2008. A 2009 graduate of University School, he is currently a senior at Washington & Jefferson College. He has been the starting goalie at Washington & Jefferson College since his freshman year and currently holds the school records for Career Saves (503) and Single Season Saves (203). Kirby was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week for 2 consecutive weeks in 2012. Prior to college, he played for Virginia Elite Lacrosse and was a 4 year letter winner at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia and University School and played on University School’s 2009 State Championship Team.
Coach Perrino has been coaching in the Burning River leagues and camps for the past two summers. After playing varsity lacrosse for Solon High School for four years, Mike is now a freshman at The College of Wooster where he is one of the top players in a very talented freshman class and hopes to see playing time right away.
Coach Viancourt has worked with Burning River for the last year, coaching in the leagues, skills camps, and summer camps. A 2010 graduate from Medina High School, Viancourt is currently a sophomore at St. Leo University. He played on the starting man-down unit during his freshman campaign and looks to help fill in the holes on the starting defense that were left after graduation