Many past and current prep athletes have enjoyed success in the classroom and on the field under the Division 3 umbrella.
New England Baseball Journal reached out to some area prep coaches to see what goes into building relationships with various Division 3 coaching staffs, and how they steer student-athletes toward the right academic and athletic fits.
Bridgton Academy head coach Aaron Izaryk has sent numerous players to Division 3 programs since his arrival in 2010. Primarily a post-graduate school, Bridgton continues to work side-by-side with colleges from all three levels, but certainly has a unique understanding about the Division 3 schools and what they can offer potential students academically and athletically.
"I think our alumni have done a tremendous job for various NCAA Division 3 programs, which does two things,'' said Izaryk. "One is that it has a particular coach excited to ask about next year's players here, but also catches the attention of their opposing college coaches who have mentioned that 'Bridgton guys' have beat us in recent years, and we want to have some of them ourselves.