COACH JOE CASALINO Cannons Founder
Cannons Mens Classic Player
BCA Training Coach-Administrator Joe is the co-founder of Cannons Select Lacrosse and continues to play competitive lacrosse in tournaments throughout the US and in local mens leagues. Coach Joe has been involved in lacrosse in Southern Maryland since 1986, joining eight players as the original founders of Calvert Lacrosse Club. Following high school, he continued his playing career at St. Mary’s College where he earned All-Conference honors in 1993 and was named team captain in 1994. Joe took over as Junior Varsity Coach at Edison HS (VA) in 1997 and was named Head Coach the following year at Thomas Jefferson HSST (VA), widely considered the top academic public school in America. In 2006, Joe took over the head coaching role at his alma mater, Northern High School. Under his direction, the program has won 106 straight conference games and eight straight conference titles, earned two regional championships, and won the conference’s first Maryland State Championship in 2017. Joe celebrated his 200th high school varsity win and was named Maryland Public School Coach of the Year in 2017 as his Northern HS team earned a #9 ranking from The Washington Post.
Joe and his talented wife Julie were the organizers of the summer LaxHeroes Tournament in Southern Maryland which raised more than $80,000 for charity. Off the field, Joe is the owner and CEO of Victory 360, a data-driven marketing and fundraising consultancy and enjoys time with family.
Coach Leif Crider has had many years of experience coaching lacrosse at multiple levels and teams. For more than twenty years, Leif has had the opportunity to coach teams in Maryland and Virginia. Leif has either played or coached lacrosse for over thirty years.
Since 2006, Leif has been coaching at one of the top public high schools in Maryland at Northern High School. He was named the head coach for the boy’s lacrosse team at Northern High School in August 2019. Throughout the years at Northern, Leif has held multiple positions at the school: Head Varsity Coach, Head JV Coach, and Assistant Coach. Over this time span, he has developed a lot of talent that fed the varsity team. During his time as Head JV Coach, he successfully managed to lead the team to seven straight years of going undefeated in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, four undefeated seasons and winning four straight JV Lacrosse tournaments. The players constant dedication and sacrifice led to several conference and regional championships and eventually the state championship in 2017.
Along with coaching at Northern, he has coached at various age groups for the Cannons Select Lacrosse organization. Coach Crider is currently coaching the 2022/2023 team and helping with the 2024 team. He first started coaching for the Cannons organization in 2010.
Leif began coaching in Southern Maryland in 2000 with the Calvert Lacrosse Club (CLC). Coach Crider was then hired as the head coach at Bishop Ireton for the junior varsity team. He helped develop incoming, underclassmen players for the varsity level in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He coached there for four years (2001-2004). The program went on to win the Virginia Independent School, Division II State Championship in 2002.
When not coaching one of the lacrosse teams, Leif is a Supervisory Statistician for the US Bureau of the Census where he oversees a survey that produces energy consumption data for the Department of Energy. Along with his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, he also obtained his Master of Arts in Economics from The University of Akron. Also, Leif obtained a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
COACH PETE KERWIN Cannons HS 2022/2023 Coach
Huntingtown HS Varsity Head Coach
Coach Pete Kerwin joined the Cannons Head Coaching Staff in 2020 and is a decorated player, coach, and student of the lacrosse game. He has been coaching Huntingtown HS since 2011, and as current Head Coach for Huntingtown HS has earned High School Coach of the year awards for SMAC in 2011, 2015, and 2021. Coach Kerwin just led HHS to state playoffs in 2021 season. Also in 2021, Coach Kerwin was recognized as Washington Post Teacher of the Year. As a social studies teacher at HHS and head varsity lacrosse coach, Mr. Kerwin is a role model for his athletes and students, demonstrating a strong work ethic, self-discipline, and a keen intellectual curiosity. J. Scott McComb, Supervisor of Social Studies, said, “As a teacher, Mr. Kerwin displays great skill, but this prowess is paired with a manifest desire to grow his students and athletes as people, as well as learners and players on the field. Every bit as important as the grade or goal scored is the character and work ethic exhibited by the young people he leads.” According to Rick Weber, Principal of Huntingtown High, Mr. Kerwin’s mission in all of his responsibilities is to promote a growth mind set among staff, students, and the community so that more of students will challenge themselves with rigorous content offerings. Mr. Kerwin began his teaching career in Calvert County Public Schools in 2009, first as an alternative education teacher at Plum Point Middle School before transferring to Huntingtown High.
COACH DAVE JENSEN Cannons HS 2024 Head Coach
Cannons 2029 Assistant Coach Coach Dave started his lacrosse career as a freshman at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, NY, where he played alongside now Hopkins Coach Dave Pietramala, where he won two NSCHSAA Lacrosse Championships, and where he was a starter on the Varsity Basketball team. After high school, Coach Dave was recruited to play defense at Division II Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Upon completion of his freshman year, Coach Dave was offered a prestigious academic scholarship in mechanical engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic University.
Off the field, Coach Dave works as an engineer for the U.S. Navy Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems. He served on the Board of Directors of the AUVSI Southern Maryland Chapter for five years and worked with engineering students each summer while co-directing the AUVSI Student Competition. Coach Dave is father to two lacrosse-loving boys and husband to an extremely patient lacrosse mom. When his lacrosse schedule allows, he likes to spend time boating with his family on the Chesapeake Bay. This is Coach Dave’s fourth year volunteering with Cannons Select. His coaching passion is team defense and individualized instruction with young athletes to help them perfect fundamentals and develop the skills they need to excel.
COACH JON LOMBARDO Cannons HS 2025 Coach
Coach Jon Lombardo just completed his second season as Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach for St. Mary's Ryken HS (SMR) playing in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. This past year, Coach Lombardo was named SMR Athletic Director overseeing all men’s and women’s athletics at the school. Prior to SMR, Coach Lombardo served 11 years at the Univ of Lynchburg in Virginia as a student-athlete, lead Assistant Coach, and Head of Recruiting for the University. During his time at Lynchburg, Coach Lombardo recruited and coached over 25 All-American student-athletes while making 8 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament; with 1 appearance in the National Championship Game in 2015. This streak of success is the greatest the University has achieved to this point.
By the Year:
2008 - Graduated from Trinity-Pawling School lettering & Captain in Hockey & Lacrosse
2009-2012 - Student-Athlete at Univ of Lynchburg earning a Bachelors in Education and Masters in Educational Leadership
2x captain, 2x All Conference, 2012 USILA All American, 2013 Supplemental Draft pick of Rochester Rattlers/MLL Lacrosse
2013-2019 - Assistant Coach at Lynchburg University (Defensive Coordinator/Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator)
2013 - NCAA Quarterfinals
2014 - Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions, NCAA 2nd Round
2015 - ODAC Champions, National Championship Appearance
2016 - NCAA 1st Round
2017 - NCAA Quarterfinals
2018 - ODAC Champions, NCAA 1st Round
2019 - NCAA 2nd Round
2020 - 1st Season at SMR canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic after 1-1 start
2021 – SMR Athletic Director / SMR Varsity Head Coach, Shortened 6-wk season; WCAC schedule only
COACH JUSTIN GORDON Cannons HS 2025 Assistant Coach
Justin Gordon joined the Cannons Select Coaching staff in 2021. Coach Gordon is currently St. Mary's College Assistant Coach (since August 2016) and serves as the St. Mary's defensive coordinator. Gordon also serves as the assistant director of athletic communications for their college. The Baltimore, Maryland native is well-versed in the Capital Athletic Conference as Gordon played at York College of Pennsylvania (2010-2013) and then coached for two years at the University of Mary Washington. Gordon arrived at St. Mary's following two years as an assistant coach at Mary Washington. As a member of the Eagles men's lacrosse program, he coordinated the team's defensive game plan. UMW ranked in the Top 5 in the conference in goals against average during his two-year tenure, including third in 2015 with an 8.44 GAA. Gordon also coached one all-conference defenseman in his first year with the Eagles. He was an assistant coach at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex for the 2014 campaign, coaching two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans and helping the Knights to the 2014 NJCAA Region XX championship title. Gordon played one season at CCBC-Essex, earning All-NJCAA Region XX Second Team and All-Maryland JUCO Second Team honors in 2010 after the Knights reached the NJCAA national championship game. He then transferred to York (Pa.) to finish out his collegiate career. Gordon collected 94 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers in three years as a Spartan and picked up 2013 second team All-CAC honors. He graduated from York in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in history.
COACH LENNY CASALINO Cannons 2026 Head Coach Accomplished longtime player. Award-winning high school varsity coach. Major contributor to the growth of high school and youth lacrosse in Southern MD and DC Metro Area. US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame Inductee. US Lacrosse Coach of the Year. US Lacrosse and US Coaches Asso Man of the Year. US Lacrosse Century Club recipient for 100+ high school wins. Founder of Calvert Lacrosse Club. Founder and 20-year President of SMYLA Youth League. Former high school official. And the list continues…
Coach Lenny brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse experiences and a crusty coaching style to the Cannons Select Lacrosse Program. Although folklore would say Coach Lenny was born with a lacrosse stick in his hand, he was actually five when he discovered his first lacrosse stick. Lenny played youth and high school lacrosse in Long Island before being recruited to play college lacrosse at the University of MD where he was a three-year letterman. After graduating from UMD, he enrolled in law school and made MD his permanent home. Lenny played lacrosse for more than a decade in the US Club Lacrosse Leagues which he respectfully calls “the pro league back in the day.”
Coach Lenny started lacrosse in Southern MD in 1986 with nine high school students. When the school system would not support the sport, Coach Lenny and the boys raised funds to support the program and continued as an independent high school varsity program until 2000 when the Board of Education adopted lacrosse as a high school sport. Under his coaching, his Calvert Lacrosse Club teams celebrated two undefeated seasons, won four Tri-County Championships, ranked six times in The Washington Post Top 20, and had numerous players awarded HS All-American, All-Met, All-Conference, and All-League recognition and players he has coached continue to be recruited into some of the top college lacrosse programs. Coach Lenny’s CLC Program developed girls and youth divisions and continued until merging with Cannons Select Lacrosse where Coach Lenny continues coaching youth lacrosse. Lenny still plays the sport he loves in local men’s leagues and travels to compete in tournaments with his Mr Boh team, including playing twice in the Lacrosse World Games. His most treasured lacrosse moments are when he can suit up and play alongside his son, Joe!
Off the lacrosse field, Lenny resides in Huntingtown with his lacrosse fanatic wife and maintains a private law practice in Upper Marlboro. Although Lenny’s accomplishments are many, he is most proud of his amazing family and the lifelong friendships he has developed with the players he has coached.
COACH CHESTER SOLOMON Cannons 2026 Assistant Coach Coach Chester has been involved in youth sports as a coach of lacrosse and soccer in Southern Maryland for over nine years. During his lacrosse career, he was involved with the Charles County Lacrosse Club, Dunkirk Warriors and Cannons Select Lacrosse. He has been part of the Cannons Select coaching staff since 2013 beginning as an Assistant Coach, helping to coach the Cannons Box Lacrosse Team, and then later moving into a Head Coach role. Chester is a member of the US Lacrosse organization where he holds a coaching certification.
Chester and his wife, Sonia, have three sons who are very active in lacrosse and other sports. Their two younger sons have been with the Cannons Select program since an early age and have been part of a long list of championship events with their Cannons teams. Cyrus, a 2022 Cannon alum, is currently a sophomore at St. John’s College High School where he plays lacrosse and soccer. CJ is a leader on the 2026 Cannons team and is also a longtime soccer player.
Outside of family and sports, Chester is an accomplished information technology professional with more than 20 years of federal and private experience in all aspects of IT operations and systems.
COACH STEVE DARE Cannons 2026 Assistant Coach Coach Steve really enjoys coaching youth sports and takes pride in being part of the 2026 Coaching Staff. He has been coaching youth sports for seven years and is committed to growing young athletes not only on the field with great sportsmanship, integrity, and dedication to improvement, but also off the field in developing young athletes to become great all-around people. Coach Steve loves the 2026 team and is proud to be a part of the 2026 Cannons Family.
Coach Steve is passionate about sports and fitness! When he is not coaching lacrosse or football, Coach Steve is a Project Executive with Clark Concrete and enjoys building things at home or just about anywhere. Let him show you photos of the new shed he just built in his backyard. It is amazing! We are proud to have him as a mentor to our young Cannons.
COACH RYAN BILLMAN Cannons 2027 Head Coach Coach Ryan is new to our Cannons Coaching Staff this year and brings with him a career filled with lacrosse playing and coaching experience. Growing up playing youth lacrosse locally with Calvert Lacrosse Club under Coach Lenny, Ryan moved on to play high school lacrosse at St Mary's Ryken and Huntingtown HS where he was a starting varsity player as a sophomore and Varsity Captain during his junior and senior years. A highly accomplished player, Ryan was named All Conference Player, Top 205 All Star, Elite 100 All Star, and Bucknell Camp All Star twice! Recruited by numerous schools, Ryan chose DIII Lynchburg University to continue his education and lacrosse career. After college, Ryan continued his lacrosse passion by adding a coaching hat to his resume. He has spent the past few years coaching a local youth Rec team and recently led that team to an undefeated season and a youth championship. Coach Ryan does a great job of building relationships and teaching fundamentals. He is a favorite or players and families and we feel very fortunate to have him join our coaching staff. Coach Ryan works is the lead electrician for a boat building company in Deale MD and continues to compete in Men’s League Lacrosse in the area.
COACH TOM DUGGAN
Cannons 2028 Head Coach
Tom Duggan began his lacrosse coaching career in 1989 as the head lacrosse coach for the US Air Force Academy where he played as a midfielder and face off specialist for four years. Following his six years at the Academy, a change in his military tour sent him to Rhode Island where he took over the coaching responsibilities at the University of Rhode Island and added youth lacrosse to his resume in the newly formed youth program in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. With lacrosse growing at a rapid pace in the area, Coach Duggan continued coaching youth programs, middle school elite teams, and started the South Kingstown High School Boys Varsity Program. While at South Kingston, he amassed a 71% win percentage, took the team to the playoffs 5 of his 6 years there, took the team to the State Championship his last 3 years, and was awarded the US Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2011. He moved to Maryland in 2013 where he continued his coaching career by joining the Cannons coaching staff. He has coached our Cannons High School and Cannons 2023 teams and is currently coaching the Cannons 2025 Gold team.
Outside of lacrosse, Coach Tom is a Colonel in the US Air Force, serving as the Deputy Director of the Joint Surgeon General. He and his wife Amy have a daughter Elizabeth who graduated from Endicott College and currently works in Rhode Island; a son Tanner who graduated from University of Northern Colorado, married, and currently coaches lacrosse at Colorado State University; a daughter Alana who graduated from the University of Rhode Island and continues to work in Rhode Island; a son Jack who is a graduate of Huntingtown HS and in his final year at Arizona State University; a daughter Olivia who graduated from Huntingtown HS and attends Winthrop University in South Carolina; and son Joe who is a freshman, playing lacrosse at Calvert Hall College High School and on the Cannons 2022-2023 HS team. Clearly, Coach Tom has very little free time outside of family and lacrosse, but when he does he enjoys carpentry. Tom built the bounceback walls currently at Grays Field and if you've ever tried to move them you will realize that Tom's carpentry creations are built to last - just like his relationships with his players!
COACH JOE DUGGAN
Cannons 2028 Coach
Calvert Hall Class of 2023 / Cannons Select Alumni
COACH MICHAEL COLAIANNI Cannons 2029 Head Coach For more than twenty years, Coach Mike has had a lacrosse stick in his hand. His lacrosse career began as a high school player with Calvert Lacrosse Club where he helped his 1998 team earn a Top 10 Ranking in The Washington Post. He has played lacrosse at the high school, college and club levels and continues playing in men’s leagues and competitive tournaments with his CLC brothers.
After high school, Mike was recruited to play college lacrosse as a midfielder at Salisbury University. Mike played for four years at Salisbury and was awarded the Salisbury University Scholar-Athlete Award in 2002 and 2003. Mike earned the coveted title of NCAA National Champion Lacrosse Player when he and his Salisbury teammates won the 2003 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship!
Although Mike has coached wrestling and other sports, as his children began following in his lacrosse footsteps, Mike’s passion turned to coaching youth lacrosse where he has spent over 6 years coaching Maryland Youth Club Lacrosse. Mike was always a student of the game as a player and continues as a student of the game as a coach focusing his instruction on teaching strong fundamentals and on-field IQ. Our Cannons Select teams have had great success under Mike’s leadership, winning multiple tournaments and championships.
In addition to coaching, Mike is the Board President of the Cannons Select Lacrosse organization. When he is not on the lacrosse field, Mike works in the IT field supporting the US Navy and enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and his three children: Michael, Ben, and Ryan.
COACH MATT TABY Cannons 2029 Assistant Coach Coach Matt Taby has spent the last three years coaching lacrosse at the youth level. In addition to lacrosse, Coach Matt has coached youth football and wrestling. Matt was a three-sport athlete at Old Mill HS where he played football, wrestled, and ran track. After high school, Coach Matt played college football at Widener University in Pennsylvania before moving to Stevenson University where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Throughout his college career, Coach Matt was a personal trainer focusing on strength and agility development in youth ages 6 through 12.
Coach Matt lives in Huntingtown. When not on the field with our Cannons, Coach Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Elizabeth, son Braidyn and daughter Brooke.
COACH MARTIN O'CALLAHAN Cannons 2030 Head Coach
Coach Martin O’Callaghan’s lacrosse career started at an very early age. Growing up in Anne Arundel, county he started playing around the age of 4 for my local boys club-Mayo Mustangs- and playing through the high school level -playing for AACS/South River. He played defense and goalie in HS. After high school, he joined the work force and started a family with his amazing wife and five sons. He has now been coaching lacrosse for 10+ years from age groups Scoopers to U15. Along with coaching Cannons, he is also President of the Dunkirk Warriors Boy and Girls Club, and he enjoys teaching the fundamental building blocks of the game in a fun and engaging way. When Coach Martin it not on the lacrosse field, he's spending time with his family and in his professional career, he is a telecommunication networks engineer.
COACH ANDREW REDOLF Cannons 2030 Assistant Coach
COACH TOM CONROW 2031 Head Coach
Coach Thomas Conrow is starting his second season as a Cannons head coach. Coach Thomas first joined the Cannons as a volunteer U9 clinic coach, and then continued on as the U9 team head coach as they won the 2021 SMYLA Championship! His love for lacrosse began in 1999, when lacrosse was finally introduced to Calvert County Public Schools as a club sport, and was a member of the first varsity team for Patuxent High School in 2000. Throughout his life, Coach Thomas has enjoyed working with kids of all ages; including mentoring high school students in business studies, coaching soccer and t-ball, and as a Cub Scout volunteer and den leader. With the Cannons, Coach Thomas is excited to combine his passions for the sport and mentoring our youth lacrosse players.
When he's not coaching our 2031 Cannons on the field, Coach Thomas is on the field as a player with a local men's lacrosse league. Professionally, Coach Thomas is a contracting professional for NAVAIR. He enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle and two sons Ben and Tyler.