BR Coaches

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Bobby Perez - Rocky River, Head Coach (2018 - present)

Coach Perez is heading into his third year with Rocky River. He spent his first season as an offensive coordinator in 2018. During the 2018 season, the Pirates had their highest scoring offense in the programs history. The following year Coach Perez was named Head Coach. He was also named the Coach of the Year for the region, as well as the state for Division 2.

Coach Perez played his college lacrosse at Endicott College. While there, the gulls won the Common Wealth Coastal Conference in 2015 and 2017 earning them an AQ to the NCAA tournament. In 2014 Endicott also earned an “At-Large” bid to the tournament. Bobby and his teammates advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2014 and 2015. 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


Bryan Habick - The College of Wooster, Assistant Coach (2018 - present)

Coach Habick is in his second year with The College of Wooster. Last year, Habick and the Fighting Scots finished their season in the North Coast Athletic Conference semifinals against #6 Denison University. Prior to The College of Wooster, Coach Habick was the Defensive Coordinator at Marywood University (2018), Washington & Jefferson College (2016), and Capital University (2015). During the 2015 season, Habick led the Capital Crusaders to a ranking of 7th nationally in Scoring Defense. Coach Habick has been to 5 consecutive Conference Tournaments, and garnered a ring in 2015 with Capital University, in only their second year as a program. During his six year career, Coach Habick has worked with 30 All-Conference selections, three Players of the Year, and one Division III South All-Star.


Habick’s playing career began at Division I Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY prior to him transferring his freshman year to Utica College (NY). During Habick’s time with the Pioneers, he played Defense, LSM, and SSDM in 18 games. As a defenseman, Habick scored the game winning goal on Senior Day against Elmire College to help lift the Pioneers to victory. With two Points, 11 Groundballs, and nine Caused Turnovers, Habick was given the Jake Malison Award in 2014. The Jake Malison Award is given to the senior member of the lacrosse program who has overcome the most adversity throughout their four years at Utica College.


Matt Biederman - Hudson, Assistant Coach (2018 - present)

Coach Biederman is heading into his second year with Hudson High School as an assistant coach. Prior to coaching at Hudson, Coach Biederman was a member of the Chagrin Falls (2016 state runner-up), Hudson (2017 state quarterfinalist), and Hathaway Brown (2018 state quarterfinalist) girls coaching staff. Additionally, coach Biederman brings four years of NE Ohio club coaching experience to the BR Ranks.


Biederman played his high school lacrosse at Chagrin Falls from 2004 - 2008. He continued his playing career at Miami (OH) where he specialized on the defensive side of the ball.


Chris Idone - Kent Roosevelt, Head Coach (2014 - present)

Coach Idone is heading into his 5th year as Head Coach at Kent Roosevelt High School. He was the offensive coordinator for two years prior to taking over as head coach. Coach Idone was named the Regional Coach of the Year during his first year as head coach in 2016, leading Kent to a regional semifinal appearance and their highest ranked finish since 2012. Prior to coaching at Roosevelt, he was an assistant coach at the University of Mount Union for their inaugural season in 2013.

Coach Idone is a 2007 graduate of Kent Roosevelt where he was an all-region attackman. He was a member of the 2005 Division 1-B State Runner-Up team as a sophomore. His senior year he helped lead Kent to a Division 1 regional final, finishing with a final ranking of 13th in the Midwest, their best finish in school history.