Brown Bear Lacrosse is Missoula’s Premier Lacrosse Academy

Providing expert level lacrosse instruction to kids of all skill levels starting at kindergarten up through college.


Brown Bear Lacrosse offers multiple leagues at different ages and skill levels we are sure that there’s a league that’s right for you! Check out the options we offer below:


Join a Brown Bear Lacrosse camp to find focus in your lacrosse development in a fun, team-oriented setting. We offer a variety of lacrosse camps for different age and skill categories.

Development Portal

Want to take your lacrosse game to the next level? Set up an individual session with one of our coaches to help find ways to improve your skills, overcome hurdles, and reach that next level!


September 3rd-October 27th

Fall is right around the corner! Registration open now! (NO DROP-IN FOR FALL LAX)

Registration closes August 30th. Register early to avoid $25 late fee!

League/Clinic Refund PolicyRefund to original form of payment (minus $10 processing fee) for withdrawal before league start date. No refunds after the league start date.

Men’s Box Lacrosse

Schedule: 8 Week Session Sept 8th-Oct 27th

  • Ages: High School & up
  • Fee: $150
  • Time: Sun 7:30-9:00 PM

Boys Pickup Lacrosse 5th-8th grade (experience required)

Schedule: 8 Week Session Sept 3rd-Oct 22nd

  • Ages: 5th thru 8th grade
  • Fee: $150
  • Time: Tues 7-8 PM

Intro to Lacrosse 3rd-6th grade

Schedule: 8 Week Session Sept 3rd-Oct 22nd

  • Ages: 3rd thru 6th grade
  • Fee: $150
  • Time: Tues 6-7 PM

Brown Bear Lacrosse Academy

Schedule: 8 Week Session Sept 8th-Oct 27th

  • Ages: 7th grade-High School
  • Fee: $150
  • Time: Sun 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Intro to Lacrosse K-2nd grade

Schedule: 8 Week Session Sept 3rd-Oct 22nd

  • Ages: K – 2nd grade
  • Fee: $150
  • Time: Tues 5 – 6:00 PM

Girls Pickup Lacrosse

Schedule: 8 Weeks
Sept 8th-27th

  • Ages: 7th thru high school
  • Fee: $150
  • Time: Sun 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Men’s Summer Sixes

Schedule: 8 Weeks Sixes Field Lacrosse at Playfair Park

  • Ages: High School & up
  • Fee: $225
  • Thursdays: June 20th- Aug 15th
  • Time: 7:30-9:30 PM

Rising 6th/7th/8th Summer Sixes

Schedule: 8 Weeks
Lacrosse at Playfair Park

  • Ages: Rising 6th/7th/8th Grade
  • Fee: $225
  • Thursdays: June 20th- Aug 15th
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Rising 4th-5th Summer Sixes

Schedule: 8 Weeks
Lacrosse at Playfair Park

  • Ages: Rising 4th/5th Grade
  • Fee: $225
  • Thursdays: June 20th- Aug 15th
  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Women’s Lacrosse League

Schedule: 8 Weeks
Lacrosse at The Sports Barn

  • Ages: High School & Up
  • Fee: $175
  • Wed: June 19th- Aug 14th
  • Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Lacrosse Camps-Registration Now Open!

Coed Intro to Lacrosse Camp

  • 3rd thru 6th grade
  • July 9th-July 12th
  • 9am-noon

7th – High School Lacrosse Camp

  • 7th grade thru High School
  • Full equipment required
  • Previous experience required
  • July 9-July 12th
  • 1pm-4pm

Brown Bear Lacrosse Athlete Development Portal

The Brown Bear Lacrosse Athlete Development Portal is the key towards unlocking new lacrosse skills and techniques. We offer both individual lacrosse instruction and lacrosse instruction for small groups.

Individual Instruction

  • All Ages
  • Fee: $45/hour

Small Group Instruction

  • All Ages
  • Fee: $35/hour
  • 2-5 Athletes Max

Fill out the form to get started!

Please enter a number from 1 to 5.
Enter 1 for Individual Instruction

Meet our lacrosse coaches

Ryan Hanavan

Co-owner of Brown Bear Lacrosse and The Sports Barn.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Age: 48
Years of coaching: 26

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:

  • MHSLA (Montana High School Lacrosse Association) D1 Coach of the Year Award 2023
  • 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.

Catch Ryan on a recent episode of Eat Half, Walk Double!

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Lacrosse Registration

Select an option below to get the ball rolling for your next visit to The Sports Barn in Missoula, Montana – the area’s premier indoor sports complex.

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2811 Latimer Street
Missoula, Montana 59808