Directors & Coaches
Burning River Lacrosse's directors and 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, positional skill set (Attack, Midfield, Defense and Goaltending), and 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 & CEO
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 35 national tournaments (34 field and 1 Box) and finishing 2nd in 16 additional national tournaments. In addition, 200+ of our travel team players have commit to, are playing for, or have played for 80+ different college programs at all competitive levels. Since 2015 our college players have reached the NCAA championship game on 11 occasions winning 6 National Titles, been named USILA Player Of The Year(1x), USILA All American (3x), All Conference (26x) and won their conference (44x). Our alumni have also won a MLL Champion, a Superbowl Title and 4 have made a Professional team roster.
Outside of Burning River, coach Calleri as done the following:
St. Joseph Academy - Offensive Coordinator (2018) - In 2018, he helped lead the team the OHSAA regional quarterfinals with a 11-9 upset win over its top rival. The 2018 team set school records with 208 goals and 40 assists. The prior records were 85 goals and 10 assists.
University School - Offensive Coordinator (2010 & 2011) - In 2011 & 2010 he helped lead the team the OHSLA Division 2 Championship game. The 2010 team set school records w/285 goals, 175 assists & a 37.8% shooting percentage (The prior records were 183 goals and 96 assists) and finished the season ranked #2 in Ohio in offense. The 2011 team was the second highest scoring team in school history finishing behind only 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.
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).
P. J. Kavanagh - The College Of Wooster, HC - (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.
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 five 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 25 years to his wife, Kathryn, and they have a daughter & son – Kayla (22) and Hunter (19). They reside in Solon, OH.
Mike Perrino - John Carroll, Ass't Coach (2017 - present)
Coach Mike Perrino is in his third year with the John Carroll University lacrosse program. Perrino has helped lead the Blue Streaks to two consecutive OAC Championships in 2017 and 2018, its first ever NCAA tournament victory in 2017, and 26 wins in two seasons. Perrino has coached 19 All-OAC selections, 5 Academic All-OAC honorees, and 2 OAC position players of the year.
Coach Perrino played professionally with the Ohio Machine. In 2017, he won an MLL Championship as a member of the Ohio Machine.
Coach Perrino played his college lacrosse at Canisius College. 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.
Before transferring to Canisius College in 2013, Perrino began his college career at The College of Wooster 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 face-off ‘X’ where he had a 53.4% on face-offs for his career.
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.