BR Coaches

Burning River Directors and Coaching Staff

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At Burning River our coaches are our greatest asset. It is their passionate, knowledge and focus on putting our players first that has allowed us to grow from 3 coaches and 11 players to be become Ohio’s leader in lacrosse training and one of the top lacrosse clubs in the nation.  It is our coaches knowledge, ability to simply explain the fundamentals, belief in high reps with immediate feedback, and hands on instruction that has allowed us to create our unique offerings that provide the best instruction and results possible.

Our coaches are some of the area’s top college coaches, high school coaches, college players (BR Alumni) and high school players (BR players).  Our 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.  They do this by spending the vast majority of our coaching time teaching techniques and fundamentals in individual or small group sessions.

To succeed as a BR coach you need to

  • Be focus on doing what is best for our players and their families
  • Be motivated to help others achieve their goals
  • Be driven to help young men and women became leaders of character who make a positive impact on society
  • Be dedicated to providing training that offers high reps, immediate feedback, and hands on instruction
  • Have high expectations for yourself and those around you
  • Have a constant desire to learn and improve your knowledge base

Burning River Lacrosse is always looking for passionate, dedicated and qualified individuals to help us achieve our mission.  If you have a passion for helping develop young men and women lacrosse players of character who make a positive impact on society we encourage you to apply to become part of our team.

Application Procedures
To apply for our team please send a Cover Letter, Resume and References (3) to info@brlax.net.  In the cover letter tell us why you want to work with BR and what you will bring to our team to improve our offerings and reputation.

 

Burning River Directors

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Woody Calleri - Founder & CEO of Burning River Lacrosse

Coach Calleri oversees all aspects of BR operations, is in charge of player development and provides college recruitment & counseling for players and parents.

  • High School Players - (2014 to 2019)
    • 13 Ohio Position Player Of The Year, 120 All Ohio
    • 38 All Americans, 20 Academic All Americans
    • 9 N. Ohio POY, 23 N.Ohio Position POY
    • 278 All Region
    • 200+ players at 80+ college programs.
  • College / Pro Players - (2015 to 2019)
    • 1 MLL Champion, 4 Pro Players
    • 7 National Champions / 6 National Runner Up
    • 1 USILA POY, 3 USILA AA, 2 North / South Game
    • 8 Conference POW, 39 All Conference, 53 Conference Champions
    • 61 Players Participating In The NCAA Tournament
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P. J. Kavanagh - Assoc. Director Of Player Dev / Head Coach

Coach Kavanagh has coached lacrosse for over 20 years spanning youth, high school, college and the professional ranks. Growing up in Syracuse, NY he played goalie at Henninger HS and attended Colgate where he played goalie and LSM.

  • 2015-Current: Head Coach, The College of Wooster
  • 2013-2015: Offensive Coordinator, Hoover HS
  • 2011-2013: Head Coach, Mount Union
  • 2011-2013: Defensive Coordinator, Ohio Machine
  • 2004-2011: Head Coach, Plattsburgh State
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Bobby Perez - Assoc. Director Of Player Dev / Head Coach

  • 2018-Current: Head Coach, Rocky River HS
    • Division 2 Coach Of The Year (2019)
  • 2014-2017: Played at Endicott College
  • 2010-2013: Played at Rocky River HS
    • State Runner Up (2012 & 2013)
    • 1st Team All State (2012 & 2013)
    • 1st Team All Region (2012 & 2013)

Burning River Coaches

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Matt Biederman - Coach

  • 2019 - Present: Assistant Coach, Hudson High School
  • 2018: Assistant Coach, Hathaway Brown
  • 2017: Assistant Coach, Hudson High School (Women's)
  • 2016: Assistant Coach, Chagrin Falls High School (Women's)
  • 2004 - 2008: Played at Chagrin Falls High School

 

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Chris Idone - Coach

  • 2016 - Current: Head Coach, Kent Roosevelt High School
    • 2016: Ohio North East Region Coach of the Year
  • 2013 - 2015: Assistant Coach, The University of Mount Union
  • 2004 - 2007: Attackmen, Kent Roosevelt High School
    • 2007: All Region

 

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Mike Perrino - Coach

  • 2017 - Present: Offensive Coordinator, John Carroll University.
    • 9 All-OAC, 5 Academic All-OAC honorees, 2 OAC POY.
  • 2017 - 2018: Played For Ohio Machine
    • Won MLL Championship.
  • 2015 - 2016: Played For Canisius College
    • 2x  MAAC All-Academic Team

 

 

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Anthony Ameo - Assistant Coach

  • 2019 - Present: Plays at, The Ohio State University
  • 2015 - 2018: Played at, St. Ignatius 
    • US Lacrosse All-American (2017, 2018)
    • 1st Team All-State (2017, 2018)
    • 1st Team All-MCLA (2016, 2017, 2018)
    • Specialist of the Year (2017, 2018)
    • 1st Team All-Region (2016, 2017, 2018)

 

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Paul Medrick - Assistant Coach

  • 2020 - Present: Plays at, Fairfield University
  • 2016 - 2019: Played at, Padua
    • Position Player of the Year - Defense (2019)
    • 1st Team All-State (2019)
    • Honorable Mention All-State (2018)
    • 1st Team All-Region (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
    • 1st Team All-Conference (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

 

 

 

 

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Whit Stopak - Assistant Coach

  • 2018 - Present: Plays at, Hofstra University
    • Starting Attackmen - 19 Goals 5 Assists
  • 2015 - 2018: Played at, North Canton Hoover
    • US Lacrosse All-American (2017, 2018)
    • 1st Team All-State (2018)
    • 2nd Team All-State (2017)
    • 1st Team All-Region (2016, 2017, 2018)
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Brooks Crowley - Practice Coach

  • Committed to Play at, Denison University
  • 2017 - 2020: Played at, University School
    • 2nd Team All-Region (2019)
    • Honorable Mention All-Region (2018)
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Ben Kniskern - Practice Coach

  • Committed to Play at, St. Lawrence University
  • 2017 - 2020: Played at, Chagrin Falls
    • 2nd Team All-State (2019)
    • 1st Team All-Region (2019)
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Bryan Habick - Coach

  • 2019 - Defensive Coordinator, The College Of Wooster
  • 2018 - Defensive Coordinator, Marywood University
  • 2016 - 2017: Defensive Coordinator, W&J
  • 2015 - Defensive Coordinator, Capital University
    • 30 All-Conference, 3 POY, 1 Division III South All-Star.
  • 2010-2014 - Played at Bellarmine Univ. &Utica College (NY)
    • Jake Malison Award in 2014.

 

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CJ Polak - Coach

  • 2020- Present: Head Coach, Western Reserve Academy
  • 2017 - 2019: Assistant Coach, Muskingum University
  • 2014 - 2017: Played at, The College of Wooster
  • 2011 - 2013: Played at, Western Reserve Academy
  • 2010 - 2011: Played at, Archbishop Moeller

 

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Brandon Schwind - Coach

  • 2018 - Present: Head Coach, Hudson High School
  • 2015 - 2018: Head Coach, Okemos High School
  • 2012 - 2015 Head Coach, Michigan State University
  • 2010 - 2012: Head Coach, Haslett High School
  • 2007 - 2010: Assistant Coach, Fontbonne University
  • Played at: Wittenberg University
    • 3x All-NCAC Defenseman
  • Played at: Upper Arlington High School

 

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Cam Logan - Assistant Coach

  • 2019 - Present: Plays at, The University of Hartford
    • America East Rookie of the Week
    • 61% Save Percentage - 5th in the Country
    • 8.85 GAA - 8th in the Country
  • 2015 - 2018: Played at, North Canton Hoover
    • 1st Team All-Region (2017, 2018)
    • 3rd Team All-State (2018)

 

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Ben Starkey - Assistant Coach

  • 2020 - Present: Plays at, Robert Morris University
  • 2016 - 2019: Played at, Padua
    • 389 Career Points - 2nd All Time in Ohio 
    • US Lacrosse All-American (2019)
    • 1st Team All-State (2018, 2019)
    • 2nd Team All-State (2017)
    • 1st Team All-Region (2017, 2018, 2019)
    • 2nd Team All-Region (2016)
    • 1st Team All Conference (2017, 2018, 2019)
    • 2nd Team All Conference (2016)

 

 

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Luke Swaddling - Assistant Coach

  • 2020 - Present: Plays at, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • 2019: Played at, Canisius College
  • 2015 - 2018: Played at, St Edwards 
    • Holds School Records for - Goals, Assists, Points
    • 2nd Team All-State (2018)
    • 3rd Team All-State (2017)
    • 1st Team All-Region (2016, 2017, 2018)
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Noah Goad - Practice Coach

  • Committed to Play at, Canisius College
  • 2017 - 2020: Played at, Western Reserve Academy
    • 2nd Team All-MCLA (2019)
    • Lead Team in Points
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Grant McCurry- Practice Coach

  • Committed to Play at, The University of Michigan
  • 2017 - 2020: Played at, Solon
    • Under Armour Midwest Team (2019)
    • 2nd Team All-State Wide Receiver (2019)
    • 2nd Team All-Region (2018)
    • All Conference (2017)