MEET OUR CANNONS COACHES

 

COACH JOE CASALINO
Director of High School Program and Coaches Training

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 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 is the co-founder of Cannons Select Lacrosse and has raised more than $80,000 for charity by organizing the summer LaxHeroes Tournament in Southern Maryland.  He continues to play competitive lacrosse in tournaments throughout the US and in local mens leagues.

Off the field, Joe is CEO of IQ Strategic, a data-driven marketing consultancy and coaches his daughter’s six year old soccer team.

 

 

 

COACH LENNY CASALINO
Cannons Coaching Staff

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 goes on…

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 Northern HS students.  When the school 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 All-American, All-Met, All-Conference, and All-League recognition and continue to be recruited into some of the top college lacrosse programs.  Throughout that time, 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 MARK DUNNIVAN
Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Mark first picked up a lacrosse stick at the age of 11 when he started his lacrosse journey with the Calvert Lacrosse Club.  By his sophomore year, Mark was the starting attackman on Calvert Lacrosse Club’s HS Varsity Team and he kept that spot through his senior year.  Mark helped his team secure two Washington Post Top 10 rankings, climbing all the way to #4 in the DC Metro Area.  After high school, Mark played lacrosse at Anne Arundel Community College before moving on to the club/semi-pro lacrosse circuit where he continued for many years. 

Mark has not put down his lacrosse stick since that first day at age 11.  Today he manages a mens lacrosse team and continues to play with a group of his CLC alums in men’s leagues and competitive travel tournaments  Even now, Mark plays attack and remains a scoring threat with his smooth moves around the crease and his quick release.   
 

After a very slight twist of the arm from Lenny and Erna, Mark returned to his second family to coach with Calvert Lacrosse Club’s youth program and ultimately with the Cannons Select Lacrosse program.  Mark loves each of the young men he has coached through the years and watching those young men take the field at the high school and college levels gives Mark a great sense of pride!

 

During those rare occasions when Mark is off the lacrosse field, he is an in-house electrician with the Engineering Department at Capital One Arena in Washington DC.  Mark’s wife Liz played lacrosse during high school and they have a 3-year old son Camden who was born with a lacrosse stick in his hand and who plays with the Cannons Chasers.  Coach Mark will be with us for a long, long time!

 

COACH TOM DUGGAN
2023 Cannons Head Coach
Tom Duggan began his lacrosse coaching career in 1989 as the Head Lacrosse Coach for the U.S. 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 founded the South Kingstown High School Boys Varsity program.  While at South Kingston, he amassed a 71% win percentage, took the team to the playoffs five of his  years there, to the State Championship his last three years, and was awarded the US Lacrosse Coach of the Year for his region in 2011. Coach Tom moved to Maryland in 2013 where he continued his coaching career by joining the Cannons Select coaching staff.

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 is now working in Rhode Island, a son Tanner who graduated from University of Northern Colorado and is now a lacrosse coach at Colorado State University, a daughter Alana who is a senior at the University of Rhode Island, a son Jack who is a graduate of Huntingtown HS and now a sophomore at Arizona State University, a daughter Olivia who is a junior at Huntingtown HS, and son Joe who attends Plum Point MS and plays on the Cannons 2023 team.  Clearly Coach Tom has very little free time outside of family and lacrosse!

COACH WARREN CARTER
2023 Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Warren is a familiar face on sports fields in Southern Maryland as he has been coaching youth sports for over ten years. In addition to volunteering his time as a coach on the field, he has served off the field on the Board of Directors of the Owings Outlaws and has sponsored numerous outdoor adventures.  Coach Warren has coached girls’ soccer for CSA, youth football for Owings Outlaws, and youth lacrosse for Owings Outlaws, Calvert Lacrosse Club, and Cannons Select Lacrosse.  You can even find him flipping burgers at a Cannons Tent City.  No job is too big or too small for him when supporting the youth in our community.  This is Coach Warren’s sixth season with the Cannons, focusing on using the game of lacrosse to prepare our growing athletes for life as young adults.

When not on the field coaching, Coach Warren is the President/CEO of Carter Information Solutions, Inc. an MBE certified Federal Contractor based in Clinton, Maryland.  Coach Warren is father of three and husband to a very understanding Sports Mom.  When time allows and he is not on the sports field, he enjoys a little hunting or fishing.

 

COACH MARK MCNEILL
2024 Cannons Head Coach

Coach Mark lives locally in MD and brings an impressive lacrosse playing resume with him to our Cannons Program.  Mark currently plays professional lacrosse on the Florida Launch team and has been playing professional lacrosse in the MLL since being recruited in 2014 by the Chesapeake Bayhawks.  Prior to the MLL, Mark graduated from the University of North Carolina (UNC) with a double major and had an exceptional collegiate career as a dual sport athlete, playing midfield for the UNC lacrosse team and wide-receiver and special teams for the UNC football team. 

Before college, Mark was a remarkable lacrosse player at St. Mary's HS in Annapolis where he was a scholar-athlete, receiving Academic Honor Roll for his performance inside the classroom and being named Under Armour All-American, All Anne Arundel County, Tewaaraton High School Team, Annapolis Capital/Gazette Athlete of the Year, and No. 3 Top Gun Rising Senior by Inside Lacrosse Magazine for his performance on the lacrosse field. Coach Mark is an extraordinary addition to the Cannons coaching family and we are thrilled to have him with us.  He will be working closely with Coach Tom Duggan as we move into the 2018-2019 season. 

COACH DAVE JENSEN
2024 Coaching Staff

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 second 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 MICHAEL COLAIANNI
2025 Gold Cannons 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 5 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 strong fundamentals and how to think on the field.  Our Cannons Select teams have had great success under Mike’s leadership, winning championships in the Howard County Club Lacrosse Conference in 2016 and 2017, the Brine Lax Splash Tournament in 2015 and 2016, the Lax Heroes Championship in 2015, and the Bay Bridge Brawl in 2015 to name just a few.   

Mike recently stepped into a leadership role in the Cannons Select Lacrosse organization.  When he is not on the lacrosse field, Mike works in the IT field supporting the Navy and enjoys spending time with his wife, Julie, and his three children: Michael, Ben, and Ryan.

 

COACH SHAWN GIBSON
2025 Cannons Head Coach

Coach Shawn is a 1996 graduate of Northern HS and played all four high school years on the Calvert Lacrosse Club Varsity Team.  As a sophomore, Shawn received the Lacrosse Foundation's Unsung Hero Award for his leadership and contribution to his team.  As a junior, Shawn was selected to the STX Maryland Select All-Star Team as a midfielder and faceoff specialist.  In his senior year, Shawn was named to the prestigious All-Met All-Star Team.  Shawn was recruited to play Division I lacrosse at UMBC where he and his team earned two births in the NCAA Division I Tournament.  Unfortunately his team fell to Georgetown by one goal in 1998 and to Delaware by one goal in 1999.  In 2001 Shawn graduated from UMBC with a degree in Psychology.

This is Shawn’s seventh year as a youth lacrosse coach.  During his coaching career, Shawn has touched many young lives and has had many successes.  Shawn is married to his wife Eileen and has two children – son Caleb who plays on the Cannons Select U11 team and daughter Alana who plays girls lacrosse.  When not coaching or supporting his children on the lacrosse field, Shawn is on the water as owner and captain of his charter fishing boats – Wound Tight and Miss Lizzy Fishing Charters.  Shawn continues to play men’s lacrosse where he still outruns most opponents and dominates on faceoffs.    

COACH ANDY ZURVALEC
2025 Gold Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Andy has been coaching with the Cannons Select Lacrosse organization since 2015.  He is a 1995 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School, where he was a four-year starter and earned All-Conference Honors.  Following high school, Andy played lacrosse at UMBC before redirecting his focus to his academic pursuits.  From 2009-2014, Andy served as the Offensive Coordinator for the La Plata High School Varsity Lacrosse team before transitioning to coaching youth lacrosse.

Andy is the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at a non-profit in Alexandria, VA and lives in Owings with his wife and two children.

COACH MARK CARMEAN
2025 Gold Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Mark is entering his seventh season as a youth club lacrosse coach with 12 years experience coaching youth athletics in Southern Maryland.  Mark is a member of the US Lacrosse organization where he holds a coaching certification and stays current on the latest happenings in the sport.

Mark lives in Dunkirk with his wife, Erika, and their two children.  His daughter plays lacrosse at Northern High School and his son plays on the Cannons Select 2025 team.  Mark is a local attorney who practices throughout Southern Maryland and is the Treasurer of the Cannons Select organization.

 

COACH JASON BISSETT
2025 Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Jason is no stranger to coaching and to the athletic fields.  Jason loves sports and as father to three active, athletic children, Jason has volunteered his time coaching multiple sports, including soccer, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse.  He and his wife have fostered a love for all things sports related in their three children and have jumped in whenever and wherever needed to support them.  Daughter Rheanna is 15 and plays lacrosse for Maryland United.  Daughter Nicole, age 13, juggled lacrosse and soccer but recently made the decision to focus on lacrosse.  Son Hunter plays on the Cannons U11 team and also plays soccer and basketball and recently gave baseball a try.  Coach Jason took a short break from coaching to focus on chauffeuring and supporting the schedules of his children, but we twisted his arm and are fortunate to have him back on the field coaching with the Cannons Select U11 team.

 

Although free time is rare in the Bissett household, when time allows Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his wife and children.
 

COACH CHESTER SOLOMON
2026 Cannons Coaching Staff

 

 

 

COACH PAT RICHARDSON
2026 Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Pat has been a regular instructor at our Cannons Clinics this summer.  During his collegiate career at West Virginia University, Pat was a starting long pole.  As a full-time close defenseman, Pat understands both sides of the ball and will bring a wealth of lacrosse knowledge, experience and passion for coaching the game.  Now graduated from WVU with his career underway, we are excited to have him joining our Cannons 2026 Coaching Staff.

 

COACH BRENDAN SWEENEY
2026 Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Brendan’s involvement with coaching youth sports in Calvert County spans over 15 years. He has coached both girls and boys lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, and football for Calvert County Parks and Recreation, Catholic Youth Organization, and the Cannons. Following high school, he wrestled collegiate matches and his team won the National Prep School Championship. 


Brendan started volunteering as an assistant coach for Calvert South Girls Lacrosse and Solomons Steelers U7 and U9 lacrosse in 2014 and for the Cannons Select 2026 team in 2015. He leads by example and excels in teaching skills, evaluating and providing constructive feedback. “I really enjoy the teaching aspect of coaching and watching the players develop their lacrosse IQ, skills, and confidence.”

Off the field, Brendan provides consulting services for DoD acquisition, international development, and environmental management. Brendan enjoys family time boating, fishing, hiking, travel, and equestrian competitions.

 

 

 

COACH BILLY PHILPOTT
2026 Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Billy Philpott is a multi-sport youth coach with 10+ years coaching experience and four years dedicated to lacrosse.  Billy is a favorite to the players he has instructed.  His interactive, no-nonsense style of coaching keeps players moving, learning, and we’re excited to have him joining the 2026 coaching team.

 

COACH DAVE MARCIAN
Cannons Head Coach

Coach Dave grew up playing lacrosse in Edgewater, MD before attending Archbishop Spalding HS where he co-captioned his Varsity Lacrosse Team during his junior and senior years.  Coach Dave played lacrosse at Limestone College before returning to Maryland to earn his college degree at UMUC.  Coach Dave has been with the Cannons organization for the past five years and coached two years at Dunkirk prior to that. Coach Dave’s experience with our younger players focuses on lacrosse fundamentals and is imperative to building a strong foundation in our Cannons players.

Professionally Dave has spent the past 20+ years working in the flooring industry. In 2011 Dave opened Marva Floors where his experience and passion for his trade help in both commercial and residential projects.  In his spare time Dave loves spending time with his family on the water where they enjoy all types of water activities, including fishing and cruising the Chesapeake Bay.

 

COACH CHRIS COLAIANNI
Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Chris has over fifteen years of lacrosse playing experience.  He first began playing lacrosse as a youth and high school player for Calvert Lacrosse Club.  When lacrosse was integrated into Calvert County’s High Schools, Chris helped launch the Northern HS program where he played as an attackman on their inaugural team.

 

During his playing career at Northern, Chris led the team to two Conference Championships, was named SMAC Player of the Year two years running and until recently held Northern’s all-time scoring record.  Chris maintains that the scoring record would still be his if the County had integrated lacrosse into the high schools before his freshman year so he could have had all four years to accumulate points.  As a player, Chris was a stellar and confident attackman and a student of the game.  He took those talents to Anne Arundel Community College where he a successful collegiate experience.

 

Chris is a devoted father and loves spending time with his children and his family.  When he isn’t on a family adventure or coaching lacrosse, Chris has a real job in the IT industry.

 

 

COACH AARON GOFREED
Cannons Coaching Staff

Coach Aaron played DII collegiate lacrosse for four years at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, was nominated as team captain his senior year, and volunteered with Special Olympics for Wheeling Jesuit University.  Before being recruited to play college lacrosse, Aaron was a midfielder at St. Mary’s Ryken HS in Leonardtown where he graduated in 2010.  A starter and team captain on the Ryken team, Aaron earned WCAC 2nd Team All Conference Honors for lacrosse and was named All County in football and lacrosse.  While at Ryken, Aaron was known as a ground ball machine – accumulating 112 groundballs in just two seasons! In 2009, Aaron helped his Ryken team finish 2nd in the WCAC losing by one goal in the championship game.

COACH AARON WOOD
Cannons Specialty Coach

Coach Aaron “Woody” Wood started his lacrosse career as a player at Calvert High School.  While playing on his high school team, Woody also volunteered his time and expertise as a coaching assistant to local youth organizations.  Over the years, Woody followed his passion for developing faceoff specialists and began offering individualized instruction and small clinics to local talent.  Woody has worked alongside some of the top faceoff talent in the region and has brought that knowledge back to our youth and high school players.  Southern Maryland’s faceoff game has dramatically improved under Woody’s guidance and commitment. Coach Woody has assisted organizations in the area, including Cannons Select Lacrosse, Northern High School, The Calverton School, and College of Southern Maryland and has organized faceoff clinics at all ages.  Off of the field Coach Woody enjoys music, stringing lacrosse sticks and spending time with his family and friends.