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    Our travel team players and their parents can depend on us to provide them with coaching, guidance, encouragement and support during the entire college recruiting process.  Unlike some other Travel Team Club programs Burning River Lacrosse has a proven track record when it comes to helping players reach their college lacrosse goals (see player commitments).  This is because we provide:

    • top level instruction including individual, small group and team practices designed in conjunction with the top college coaches and programs,
    • honest feedback on your son’s progress and ability both academically and athletically,
    • knowledge of the complicated recruiting process including GPA & ACT/SAT requirements, timelines, coaches preference, and college fit,
    • personal relationships and access to college coaches at all levels that allow us to speak with coaches, who trust our judgment, about your son,
    • personal and individual help including 1 on 1 meetings, calls to college coaches, and video work,
    • college recruiting night with college coaches,
    • college selection night with a panel of former players and  parents who have been through the process,
    • access to Burning River Alumni who are at or have attend over 75 different college programs.
    • Highlight video review, feedback and posting, and
    • college recruiting booklet with detailed information on the process, timelines, and examples of letters, calls, and questions.

    Here is what some of our travel team players and /or their parents have to say about us.

    College Coach

    “As a college coach, I have always been impressed with the sportsmanship and competitive spirit shown by the players and coaches in the Burning River Lacrosse program. The players play at a high level and are prepared for top level college lacrosse from the coaching they receive and the tournaments they participate in. Coach Calleri and his staff give the players year round guidance in the college selection process which goes above and beyond other club teams." Coach Pilat, Roanoke College

    2019 Graduates

    Ameo Family - 2019 Graduate

    Burning River continues to be, without a doubt, the preeminent LAX club in Northeast Ohio.  Our son benefited from top notch coaching, competition, exposure and all-around on and off-field assistance.  As a parent – I appreciate the great organization and communication – we know the lacrosse plan well in advance, allowing us to plan the non-lacrosse part of our life. 

    Moriarity Family - 2019 Graduate

    "I have a 11th grade son who has played Burning River since 6th grade. The program has been supportive of his development
    from middle school, high school and most recently the college recruiting. While meeting with college coaches
    several coaches spoke positively of Burning River and the players that have placed with the team.

    "We have had success with Burning River players coming here" - D1 lacrosse coach

    "There are a lot of programs out there, but, I feel Burning River cares about the players & their development" - Top 10 D3 - coach

    Morris Family - 2019 Graduate

    "The importance of your Club Lacrosse team is immeasurable, especially in the NCAA recruiting process. When we talked to parents about our move back to Cleveland everyone in the lacrosse community was familiar with Burning River, the calibre of the teams they put together and the quality of events BR attended.  As our son went through the process, sometimes playing with other local clubs that were closer to where we lived, it was clear that the Woody and his team drew coaches from some of the best schools and exposed all the players to the some of the best tournaments in the country—that other clubs were not doing.   Our son loves playing for BR lacrosse.  The friends he made and the enjoyment he received from playing on a talented team against talented competitors fueled his desire to play college lacrosse. I am particularly grateful for the support from the BR team off the field. The knowledge that was shared with us as we continue to go through the recruiting process is invaluable."

    2018 Graduates

    Britton Family - 2018 Graduate

    "We have been a part of the Burning River family for 7 years. I say family, because Woody and the coaches treat my boys like there own. From the youngest teams to the oldest teams, the organization, commitment and teamwork is above and beyond. There is something to be said about just having your son show up to practice or a tournament, and know they are in good hands.

    Burning River takes care of everything. The communication from Burning River is great. We never have to guess dates, times or locations. I have heard terrible stories from other clubs about disorganization. Burning River is on it!

    Woody has also helped with finding my 2018 player the right fit for college. He recommended colleges based on his ability and academics and was 100% involved with communicating with coaches. My son will be playing for Clarkson University in the fall, and we are so happy and proud. Thank you BR! "

    Outcalt Family - 2018 Graduate

    "As a family we found that it was not so easy to wind our way through the landscape of travel lacrosse.  Our son Jeffrey played for a city sponsored team as well as numerous regional travel teams.  During this time we heard stories surrounding which programs were best- but it was difficult to assess the realty.  As Jeffrey’s interest in the game grew, and he entered high school, with a possible interest in playing on into college, we knew we needed to find a better solution.

    The Burning River program came highly recommended, and we’re happy to report that the support from Coach Calleri and the staff lived up to the billing.  The teams were well run and competitive in even the most challenging tournaments.  In addition, Woody was consistent in not only seeking improvement from the players’ games- but also in mentoring the boys and families toward their future aspirations.

    In reflection, we couldn’t have been more pleased with Burning River and Woody Calleri.  Jeffrey’s high school career met our expectations and he’s been afforded a broad array of opportunities to play at the next level.  Our thanks to Coach Woody and all the coaches, players and families.  We highly recommend his program to any aspiring LAX players and their parents!"

    Sims Family - 2018 Graduate

    "Coach Calleri has been a great lacrosse resource all throughout high school for Connor. Connor has battled 3 different injuries during summer lacrosse, but Coach Calleri never forgot about him. He made just as many phone calls (if not more) to college coaches for Connor. Coach Calleri truly cares about his players and is running Burning River for the common good of all lacrosse players in NE Ohio. Most importantly, Coach Calleri made sure to contact schools that were excellent academic fits and not just great lacrosse schools that he could boast about sending a kid to. We are extremely thankful for all the hard work Coach Calleri has done for our family and could not have pushed Connor to the next level without him."

    Stopak Family - 2018 Graduate

    "This is a letter of thanks to Woody and the Burning River staff for all the effort the program put into developing my son, both as a player and a person over the past six years.

    We started at Burning River when Whit was in sixth grade after playing on another local travel team. The  personal attention the players received to develop their skills and build their competitive athletic abilities convinced me that Burning River was the best travel lacrosse program in Northeast Ohio. When he joined the program, I knew that my son would thrive and reach his goal of playing at the highest level of lacrosse.

    During Whit's freshman year, the coaching staff at BR assisted with his acceptance to the Maverik Showtime camp.  This camp to many people is considered the top recruiting camp in the country.  Whit not only had no problem competing, but stood out at the tournament, and was selected as an all star.  This is when the recruiting process began for our family.  Woody answered every phone call, question or concern we had during this time. He gave us full support and spoke to all of the recruiting coaches interested in Whit on a daily basis.  It is amazing that he does this for every player that has an interest in playing college lacrosse, and still runs a first class organization. Woody truly is an advocate for his players and families.  

    After Whit committed to Hofstra University, Woody continued to act as a liaison between the coaches and our family.  He also reminded Whit that he needed to continue to maintain his grades and to continue to work on his lacrosse skills. His coaching reaches beyond the sport, and  cultivates building character, discipline, and leadership. To expand,  the players have learned the importance of doing what is right when no one is looking. They learn that their level of success is determined by their level of discipline to give their all  consistently, not just when they feel like it. Finally, leadership is about, making others better as a result of your example and influence.  Woody's dedication expands beyond his players. He generously holds annual charity tournaments for breast cancer, Cross Out Cancer, as well as the Fisher House tournament which contributes to raising money for a network of military comfort homes where families can stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving medical treatment. Woody also supports the community through sponsorship of school lacrosse programs in the Northeast Ohio region. He never stops working for the families in the program and the community around him. He is a role model for loyalty and dedication.

    Burning River is the top tier program in NEO and its results speak for themselves.  Woody started out only as a lacrosse coach for my son and now he is a family friend."

    2017 Graduates

    Esterle Family - 2017 Graduate

    "I really need to let you know what a positive experience BR was for Sam.  He absolutely loved his coach, his team, the lacrosse.  Absolutely the best experience Sam has ever had with any team.  We are so impressed with how well run this organization is.  You are a great role model for these boys.  I am thrilled that I got to see Sam on a team that was serious about the sport but that they all really enjoyed themselves." 

    Malloy Family - 2017 Graduate

    "The BR program is exceptional. We are so impressed with the dedication and commitment of the BR staff.  It is clear that your goal is to make the boys better players.  We would definitely recommend this program to friends and family.  We couldn't ask for a more positive experience.  Great coaches, great parents, great boys!  By far, BR is the way to go in Northeast Ohio.  No other programs like BR!.." READ FULL TESTIMONIAL...

    2016 Graduates

    Marous Family - 2016 Graduate

    "I wanted to thank you for everything you and your coaches do for the boys of Burning River Lacrosse. Your commitment, leadership, patience and ability to provide positive reinforcement is appreciated. Thanks to your counseling.. Cameron has received 8 firm D2 and D3 offers with a couple more expected. Whatever choice he makes, we all know the choices would not have been possible without the Burning River experience and your personal support." READ FULL TESTIMONIAL...

    Geller Family - 2016 Graduate

    "Thank you for all the support over the past few years and helping Grayson become the player he is today. He was elected as a team captain for Hoover this year and is very excited about that. I believe he gained the confidence and leadership abilities from being in your program. You and your staff do an extraordinary job of developing players and help them realize how good they are and how to become better.

    2015 Graduates

    Caito Family - 2015 Graduate

    "...There is no way he could have accomplished this without your guidance and support. Our family appreciates all that you have done and especially your high level of engagement over the past few months as Mario's goals were starting to become a reality. Your involvement clearly helped to build the road that Mario needed to take right to the front door of  Division One Lacrosse. Thank you... " READ FULL TESTIMONIAL...

    Mackin Family - 2015 Graduate

    "... As the process progresses he will make phone calls, send emails, help arrange visits and do whatever is required to make your son realize his dream. His experience and familiarity with the recruiting process proved invaluable when my son made his final choice.  Without hesitation I highly recommend Burning River." READ FULL TESTIMONIAL...

    Zimmermann Family - 2015 Graduate

    "...One thing that really struck me is that Coach Calleri has a network of college coaches that look to him to deliver players.  Recruiting is hard for college coaches; its almost impossible for them to get around to see all the players so in addition to to doing their own evaluation coaches count getting the inside scoop from Woody and the Burning River team.  It's almost like having your own agent looking out for your son's best interest..... Heck, Charlie even got contacted after tryouts and making the Elite team.  He had not even played a minute during a summer tournament and was already getting requests for college visits.   The BR brand is that trusted by coaches..." READ FULL TESTIMONIAL...

    2014 Graduates

    Coss Family - 2014 Graduate

    "For anyone in northern Ohio who wants to develop into a high level lacrosse player this program is a must.  If not for Burning River Steven would not have had the opportunity to play Division I lacrosse at the collegiate level.... Following and reporting on college highlights of alumni indicates to me an interest in these young men beyond their time with BR...    Thanks for all you do."

    Ganzhorn - 2014 Graduate

    "...with hard work and expert feedback and coaching, Liam and his team each year realized many successes, and even when not successful, the team learned from its mistakes.  They were taught professionalism in success and defeat, and how to demonstrate great sportsmanship… I as a parent have always been impressed with the way each boy is pushed to reach his full potential at whatever position he plays, and also has a great time doing it!  Liam’s success and character today has been in part shaped by his many years with Burning River and Woody Calleri…" READ FULL TESTIMONIAL...

    Happel Family - 2014 Graduate

    "...What my sons learned at Burning River is priceless. From the demands of commitment and dedication they gained the understanding of what was necessary to play for a top lacrosse team and at levels comparable to the best there is available. They weren’t perfect but through their trials, they learned to play the game but more importantly, they learned to love the game and probably will play it or coach it in their future. It’s not what they learned at Burning River but how they learned the game and what it offers to their lives..." READ FULL TESTIMONIAL...

    Hartong Family - 2014 Graduate

    "Burning River Lacrosse has had a positive impact on my son's lacrosse career.  We have been involved with other lacrosse organizations, activities and leagues throughout Northeast Ohio.  There is nothing that can prepare your son for High School or College level lacrosse more effectively than Burning River Lacrosse..."

    Vitale Family - 2014 Graduate

    Our son Michael has had a great experience playing for the Burning River Lacrosse Club.  His lacrosse skills and understanding have increased markedly and are a direct result of playing in the BR program for five years. ... The BR coaches have made a significant contribution to Michael reaching this goal by teaching the basics and the fine points of the game, by pressing him to get better and challenging him to exceed his expectations. ...Most impressively, Coach Calleri and the BR staff emphasize sportsmanship and service. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Burning River Lacrosse program.

    White Family - 2014 Graduate

    "Burning River Lacrosse is the best program out there!" 

    My son has learned more about where teamwork, personal effort, and a coach's support can take you than any other group he has been with or could be a part of.  The coaches go above and beyond the norm to ensure the boys get what they need to succeed and move to the next level...."

    2013 Graduates

    Blossey Family - 2013 Graduate

    "Coach Calleri and his staff take young boys and, through their many programs, develop them into young men with a great work ethic, sense of responsibility and sportsmanship. With the experience that Aaron has gained through Burning River, both on and off the field, we are confident that he will be successful as he goes on to play college lacrosse. We could not be happier with the experience that our family has had with Burning River, and are looking forward to 4 more years of BR with our younger son."

    Brady Family - 2013 Graduate

    "Burning River Lax has made all the difference in our son’s lacrosse experience. I can’t speak highly enough of what Coach Calleri and his program has done for the success of our son Colin.... Burning River is THE premier club in the Midwest. In addition, Coach Calleri is plugged in to the coaching staff of most of the Division 1 through 3 university programs. This insight has proven to be invaluable in connecting the BR players to the programs they are interested in..."

    Galosi Family - 2013 Graduate

    "To start I have nothing but great things to say about Coach Woody Calleri, his staff and the Burning River Lacrosse Program.  Woody and his staff do so many great things for these boys.... When he tells you he will go out of his way for your son. He means it..."


    Holden Family - 2013 Graduate

    "... The support from Woody as our son searched for a college where he could compete and also have a great academic experience was above and beyond. His efforts were decisive in putting these two aspects of our sons goals together in one school. We could not be more pleased with the guidance and support that he has given our son..."

    Kuehn Family - 2013 Graduate

    "We want to express to you our appreciation for your Burning River Lacrosse program. The personal attention and individual coaching that you and your assistant coaches provide to ALL your players is truly a witness to your commitment to share your LAX knowledge with others. Josh has played for other club/tournament teams in the past but none have provided the same level of competition or the exposure that Burning River provides..."

    Poe Family - 2013 Graduate

    "... As you know, Mike was a late-comer to the Burning River Program, but finally tried out for the traveling team in 2011.  I am not sure I have said it to you, but it was the best thing he could have done to advance his Lacrosse career.  I always knew he was a good player, but your program helped advance his skills and confidence and allowed him to show them off to coaches that would have never seen him.  Your advice and counsel was invaluable as we started the college recruiting process. I have and will continue to recommend the Burning River program to any parent who has a kid with good Lacrosse skills..."


    Weber Family - 2013 Graduate

    "... Coach Calleri and his staff give honest feedback, guidance, and persistent support and energy whether your son wants to play at the next level or just contribute more for his school team. Coach Calleri’s guidance during the recruiting process was invaluable. His experience, relationships, and professionalism give Northeast Ohio lacrosse legitimacy..."

    2012 Graduates

    Barksdale Family - 2012 Graduate, 2013 Graduate, 2016 Graduate

    "Burning River  has been a remarkable experience for our family.... In addition the support and guidance during the successful recruiting process has been more than we could have ever expected. Our family has enjoyed our relationship with the BR leadership and family. Fortunately we have a few more years to go."

    Dahlheimer Family - 2012 Graduate

    "Our son is living his dream.  It was unimaginable to us a few years ago that a kid from Northeast Ohio would be noticed, recruited and then play lacrosse at a school like University of Virginia.  Yet that is what James is doing. We just returned from watching James play against Princeton and it was such a wonderful experience.

    There is only one organization we have to thank for James being recruited by UVA and that is Burning River Lacrosse.  Without Woody and the team behind him it would not have been possible.  We thank Woody and all those in the program for the position that James finds himself in.   Burning River provided the following:..."

    Harris Family - 2012 Graduate

    "....With Hogan we chased the “best” opportunities for college exposure through 'a Columbus/Indiana based program' and 'a Cleveland based program'.  Although 'good' lacrosse programs, neither of these organizations provided the honest feedback, the college recruiting guidance or the attention to our son in developing his game to hone his skills.  Although Hogan was an Academic All-American, 2 time All Region, 2 time All-State Honorable Mention award winner I can give these two programs very little to no credit for those achievements.  The honest insight we were afforded during Hogan’s jr. and sr. years from the Burning River staff led us down the right path and we could not be more thankful..."

    Rayburn Family - 2012 Graduate

    "Woody Calleri and his staff made a huge difference in my son’s college acceptance process.  Woody spent substantial one on one time with my son establishing target schools, appropriate both for their lacrosse and their education.  He and the coaches promoted my son aggressively to a number of college lacrosse coaches and followed up diligently.  My son got to his top priority school where he is performing extremely well on the field and in the classroom. He loves where he is and he would not be there without the thorough and caring effort that Woody Calleri and his staff invested in him...."

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