The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is one of the few prep school coaches in the Northeast to lead his team through an official fall baseball season.
Aaron Izaryk has set up a fall season at Bridgton Academy since becoming the head coach in 2010. The Wolverines’ fall schedule runs approximately eight weeks, including practices and games. A majority of their contests are played within the Showcase League at various college venues throughout New England, along with assorted contests against independent travel teams.
“Having the fall season in addition to a traditional spring season certainly elongates our ability to develop players,” Izaryk said. “It gets guys in front of college coaches if they are uncommitted in the fall and when roster spots are still available. It’s an advantage to the student-athletes, for sure. For us as a coaching staff and as a school, the more time we can have with the guys, the better we can prepare them for college.
Because Bridgton is a post-graduate school, Izaryk has free rein when it comes to scheduling a full fall season. Because the majority of his players attend Bridgton for just one year, Izaryk understands how vital those extra weeks in the fall are in getting his players prepared, as most will use the single year as a platform to play in college.