Aaron Izaryk came on as the Head Coach of Bridgton Academy baseball in 2010. Since then he has transformed Bridgton into the premiere prep baseball program in New England. With two NECBA Championships, six playoff appearances, and countless players placed in top-level collegiate baseball programs, Izaryk has changed the culture of baseball at Bridgton Academy. His efforts were also instrumental in the construction of our new, Division I-level baseball complex on the Bridgton Academy campus.
In addition to his duties as Head Baseball Coach, Izaryk also the Academy’s Director of Athletics and Athletic Recruitment, where he oversees the overall vision and programming of all athletic teams. Previous to that, he was Director of College Counseling, where he guided many of our young men through the college selection process, as well as helping to clear the sometimes murky waters of the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Before Bridgton, Izaryk served as pitching coach and catching instructor for the University of Maine, serving five years with the Black Bears. In the summer of 2006, he was an assistant coach of the Keene Swamp Bats of the NECBL. He also served as an assistant coach with the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod League in 2007. As a player, Izaryk saw action in 197 career games for UMaine and batted .318, with 207 hits, 134 runs scored and 123 RBIs. In 2005, he earned America East First Team honors for the third time in his career. He was also named to the America East All-Tournament team in addition to being named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Second Team. As a freshman in 2002, Izaryk was named a Collegiate Baseball /Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. Izaryk was also named a Second Team Academic All-American, becoming the first Maine baseball player to receive such an honor.
Outside of the Academy, Izaryk has been the Manager of the NECBL’s Sanford Mainers for seven summers, notching seven playoff appearances, 150 wins, a trip to the NECBL finals in 2014 and the 2015 Joel Cooney NECBL Manager of the Year award. Throughout his time at Bridgton Academy and the Mainers, over 50 of Izaryk’s players have been selected in the Major League Draft.
Izaryk lives on the Bridgton Academy campus with his wife, Jamie, son, Parker and their two dogs. He is a devout Toronto Maple Leafs devotee, so be gentle if you ever have the chance to meet him.