Our Story

Meet The Team

Ryan Hanavan, Co-Owner of Brown Bear Athletics and The Sports Barn. 

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Age: 46

Years of Coaching experience: 25

Ryan Hanavan

I have always been passionate about team sports and have dedicated my adult life to building youth and adult sport opportunities.  As a coach and mentor, I understand the importance of building championship-caliber culture as a foundation for any successful team or organization and try to bring that commitment to every youth, high school, and adult athlete I work with.  Opening the Sports Barn and starting Brown Bear Athletics has been a lifelong dream for me.  I fell in love with box lacrosse at a young age and found playing in a tight space with lots of pressure only helped my field game.  This surface and confined space translates to any other sport played here.  I have dedicated thousands of hours over the last twenty-five years growing and developing youth, high school, and adult basketball, lacrosse, flag football, floor hockey, and soccer in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, and New York and can’t wait to continue this next chapter with Brown Bear Athletics at The Sports Barn in Missoula.  As someone who still loves playing, I maintain a deep obligation to give back and share the positive experiences I have had from prior coaches with the local youth and adult athletes in our community.


Notable Experience:

Boy’s Director, Montana Youth Lacrosse Association, 2020-Present

Boy’s Director, Missoula Lacrosse Club (MT), 2020-Present

Co-Founder and Boy’s Director, Black Bear Lacrosse (NH), 2013-2019

Head Coach, Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (NH), 2013-2017

Head Coach, Northern Arizona University, 2010-11

Head Coach, University of Montana, 2009

Head Coach, University of Idaho, 2007-08

Head Coach, University of Montana, 2000


USA Lacrosse: Level 3

NFHS Coaches Certification – 2014-Present

USA Flag Football: Coach and Officials Certification 2018-Present

US Indoor Soccer: Officials certification – 2021-Present

US SafeSport – Current

Abuse Prevention – Current

American Red Cross First Aid and AED certified – Current

Concussion Awareness – Current

Coaching philosophy:

I am a firm believer in a “fast is fun” playing style where mistakes are just obstacles we can overcome through teamwork.  I understand that every individual is different and brings something unique to a team setting that we can harness and use as fuel.  Winning a practice through high-rep, high-intensity, small group stations allows us to best prepare for games through character-, skill- and IQ-development. 

Jordann Brown

I was born and raised here in the beautiful state of MT. At an early age, soccer quickly became a great passion of mine. I started playing at 4 years old and refereeing at age 10. I began refereeing club soccer in 2006, high school soccer in 2011, and college soccer in 2012. I played soccer competitively up until I graduated high school; when it came time for college I chose to focus on my studies and refereeing rather than playing. I went to Farwest Regionals (5x), Regional ODP (3x), and Regional Presidents Cup (1x). After years of dedication and success, I was invited to referee at all three events at the national level. I attended the US Youth National Championships in 2019 and was invited back for the 2020 year. I attended ODP Nationals in 2017 as well as Presidents Cup Nationals in 2018 and the coolest bit of it all was receiving assignments in the championship rounds of each tournament. I truly enjoy soccer at any age, however I enjoy refereeing college soccer the most. While I have always been committed to soccer and refereeing, I’ve also been dedicated to my education and professional career outside of soccer. I attended Montana State University and earned degrees in community health as well as psychology in 2017 and then a graduate degree in community health in 2019. I have always been interested in bettering the overall health and wellbeing of those in my community which is why I am so grateful for the opportunity to work for Ryan and Amy. As a Montana girl, I’ve grown up playing in my backyard, backpacking, skiing, hunting, and playing sports year-round. I am excited to be able to offer the experience of year-round fun to our community through leagues and events at The Sports Barn.

Favorite quote: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.”Ralph Waldo Emerson