Aaron Izaryk - Manager/Director of Players
Aaron Izaryk returns to lead the Mainers in 2013. With four seasons at the helm, Izaryk, a Sanford Mainers and UMaine alum, led the Moose to the NECBL playoffs all four years. Izaryk has sent 23 league all-stars during his four seasons of coaching. He is currently the head coach of the Bridgton Academy Wolverines. 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.
John Raiola - Pitching Coach
John Raiola joins the Mainers for the first time as the pitching coach. He currently coaches at Keene State College, joining the Owls back in 2009. Last season, Raiola served as the pitching coach for the Sag Harbor Whalers in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. Though he is with Sanford for the first time, he is not unfamiliar with the NECBL as he served as the pitching coach for the Keene Swamp Bats for the 2011 season. The Swamps Bats went on to win the NECBL championship that same year. Prior to that, he served on the coaching staff for the Newport Gulls in both 2009 and 2010. Raiola helped coach the Gulls to a championship in 2009.
Tim Atwood - Hitting Coach
Tim graduated from Gorham HS in 2004. A four-year letter winner and starting second baseman for the Rams, Tim was a two-time Western Maine Conference champion and a defensive stalwart. He finished his career as captain of the 2004 team. After graduation, Tim attended the Gunnery school in Washington, CT. He was a three-sport athlete and a standout on the hot corner while playing for Coach of the Year Jeff Trundy in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He excelled in basketball and cross country. After a postgraduate year, he took his talents to Bristol, RI, and Roger Williams University (RWU), where he excelled as a middle infielder for the Hawks, including a career high .375 average as a sophomore. Tim established himself as a leader, and became captain his senior year. In his four years, he helped RWU to a school record of 98 wins. Tim currently works at Bridgton Academy, where he is an assistant to both the basketball and baseball programs. He also teaches history and English.