The one aspect which separates Bridgton, an all boys prep school, from other private institutions is that it is predominantly a post-graduate school, with a small handful of 12th grade students. While a majority of prep schools enjoy the luxury of having its players remain at their respective programs for multiple years, Bridgton coach Aaron Izaryk largely recruits players for a single season.
"Obviously, the intensity of recruiting 20 to 22 young men each year to prepare for a 40- to 45-game schedule spread over two seasons (fall and spring) can be daunting, but the people here, and the long history of specializing in, and excelling with the post graduate student-athlete cannot be understated," Izaryk said.
Already working to fill his 2022 roster, Izaryk has been getting his share of inquiries from student-athletes who are thinking about doing a PG year once they graduate from their respective high schools. Four of those student-athletes have already committed to Bridgton: Chase DeLoach, Ryan Eaton, Dan Sarmiento and Drew Wyman.
DeLoach, a senior at North Atlanta High School (Ga.), is a corner infielder and outfielder. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior has played varsity at NAHS for two seasons, after transferring over from a Catholic high school following his freshman year. Due to Georgia High School Athletic Association rules, transfers must play at the junior varsity level as part of their incoming year, so DeLoach had to participate on the JV level at NAHS during his sophomore season.