Meet the Coaches

Beachside has a coaching staff of 17 outstanding educators, including:

1 with a US Soccer Academy Director license
5 with college coaching experience
5 with professional playing experience
4 with US Soccer A licenses
6 with US Soccer B licenses
2 with US Soccer National Youth licenses
5 with NSCAA Advanced licenses
1 USYS Region I and National Coach of the Year
1 NSCAA Regional Youth Coach of the Year
2 CJSA Young Coaches of the Year

Beachside has instituted a core curriculum which all our coaches follow.

It is built around the same essential teaching points, implemented age-appropriately across all our teams.

Our staff is led by our Technical Director and Club Founder, Mickey Kydes.

Technical Director: Mickey Kydes

DSC_0346-EditMickey Kydes is the founder and Technical Director of Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club.  

He is a true Soccer educator, with a sincere and artistic passion for passing on his wealth of knowledge to the soccer stars of the future. The mixture of his love of the game, with his ability to organize, lead and educate, have been the genesis of the superb reputation of our club.

As a 2008 Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, Mickey’s distinguished playing career is the cornerstone of our club’s history and success. As a standout youth and high school player out of Norwalk, CT, Mickey won a state U-13 travel soccer championship before becoming a four-year starter for Norwalk High School. As a 2-time all state player, and member of the Connecticut ODP team, Mickey was offered a full scholarship to play soccer for Division I power house, Long Island University. At LIU Mickey was a two-time All American, graduating in 1986 with a degree in marketing.

The Dallas Sidekicks drafted Mickey in the MISL first round as the eighth overall pick. Along with winning a MISL National Indoor Championship with the Sidekicks, Mickey played for the 1987 USA National Team, professionally throughout Greece and the United States, and was drafted by the New York / New Jersey MetroStars in the MLS inaugural season. Mickey retired in 1996, after nine years of professional soccer. Mickey was inducted in the Long Island University Hall of Fame in February 2005.

Mickey holds both his USSF ‘A’ and ‘Youth’ National Coaching Licenses. Mickey is also a certified USSF/CJSA ‘D’ and ‘E’ license instructor.

Through his wealth of playing experience, Mickey was exposed to many different coaching philosophies, and management styles. As a lifelong student of the game, he constantly took mental notes regarding what systems created success, and which systems bogged down forward momentum. From summer camps, successful developmental and premier programs, to the growth and development of the Old Greenwich Riverside, Westport and Wilton soccer programs, his learning experiences as a player have directly transferred to his success as a coach and manager of soccer programs. Mickey Kydes has successfully transferred his wealth of knowledge to the many players he has educated in the game of soccer.

Boys Coaching Staff

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Brian Quinn,  Boys Coaching Director

Brian Quinn has been part of the CT youth and collegiate soccer scene for many years.

He served as an assistant at Southern Connecticut State University from 1987-1995 working under coaching legends Bob Dikranian and current UConn head coach Ray Reid. During that time, he was a part of three national championship teams at Southern Connecticut (1987, 1990, 1992).  

From 1995-2000, Quinn was an assistant coach at Boston University (BU) under Neil Roberts, and was head Men’s Soccer coach at University of Bridgeport from 2000-16.  He was responsible for the resurgence of the program as into of the top NCAA Division II teams in the northeast. 

From 1990-1993, Brian served as the Director of Boys Olympic Development Program with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association. 

He was a member of the NCAA Division II Soccer Committee from 2001-05, and served as the NCAA National Chairman from 2004-05.

Brian was a member of the CONCACAF Technical Study Group for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Competition.

Brian and holds a USSF “A” License and the NSCAA Premier Diploma. He also holds a Special Topics Certificate from the KNVB (The Dutch Soccer Federation.)

A 1986 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, he received his Master’s Degree in Physical Education from his alma mater in 1994.

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Mark Alves

Mark has been with Mickey Kydes Soccer since 2004, coaching Westport Soccer Association travel teams, and is entering his 3rd season coaching at Beachside. Mark previously coached Danbury Dragons premier teams for four seasons. Mark is a USSF National D Licensed coach

Mark played club soccer for FC Westchester. In High School was All-League as a Sophomore, Junior and Senior. He was All-State as a Junior and Senior and was All-New England as a senior at Henry Abbott High School. Mark went on to play college soccer at Franklin Pierce College (1992) and at Western Connecticut State University (1993-1995). All-Little East Conference 93’94’95 All-New England 94’95’

In 2011 Mark led the Beachside boys U-12 team to a State Cup Championship as well as the 2011 USYSA region 1 Championship

Alin Andrei

Alin grew up in Romania where he played soccer through the junior system for several professional soccer teams, including Petrolul Ploiesti and Astra Ploiesti. 

He moved to the US in 2001 and played soccer in NY Cosmopolitan League for Ripensia Romanian Team. 

In 2002 Alin started coaching boys and girls teams in for the towns of Armonk and Chappaqua in Westchester, NY.

From 2006 -2009 he coached boys and girls travel teamsin New Canaan CT, and also Premier Teams for Norwalk and Everton America.

He joined Mickey Kydes Soccer in the Spring of 2010. He is a United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level licensed coach.

Alin is coach of Beachside’s 2012-13 U15 Girls team.

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Wade Dixon

Wade, a Connecticut native, grew up playing at Beachside premier- a member of the state champion team in 2004 and 2007.

He was a 4-year starter for Notre Dame high school and an All Conference selection, before playing for the University of West Florida on an athletic scholarship. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness Management.

Wade’s passion and enthusiasm for the game made for an easy transition into coaching. His coaching career started in 2010 after relocating and successfully completing a senior internship at Velocity Sports Performance in Irvine, Ca. 

As a performance coach, he has evaluated a number of athletes and developed sport specific speed, agility, and strength training programs. His training experience includes working in various levels of the sports industry- elite youth and high school players as well as collegiate athletes preparing for the NFL Combine and other professional competition.

Since his return to Connecticut, Wade continues to emphasize individual athletic development and personal growth. In the last two years, Wade has coached with the CT Pythons, Amity HS Varsity Soccer, Stratford Soccer Club, and the Beachside Academy goalkeepers. 

Wade has a NSCAA  and USSF coaching licenses.

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Pete Doneit

Pete is in his 13th year at Beachside and is currently the Head Coach of our U17/18 US Soccer Development Academy team. Over the years Doneit has led his teams to 6 State Cup championships, a Regional Final and a Region I Fair Play Award as well as leading Beachside’s first team to compete in the USYS National League. 

Doneit is also the Head Coach of Beachside’s Superclubs U 20 teams He has led them to consecutive trips to the National Finals as well as a final 4 finish in 2010. 

 In addition, Doneit is the Director of Beachside Juniors Developmental Program and is the Director of Goalkeeping for Beachside SC. In addition to his Beachside duties Pete has been the Assistant Coach for the University of Bridgeport men’s soccer team since 2001 and has helped in the resurgence of the program as one of the top division II teams in the northeast. 

Pete Played four years at Division 1 powerhouse Hartwick College and spent two seasons in the U.S.I.S.L with the Grand Rapid Explosion and Lansing Locomotive. He spent time with the Westchester Flames in the USL Pro Select League and also had a brief stint in South Africa.

A United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ level licensed coach, Pete also holds the NSCAA level II Goalkeeping license. 

In 2011 Pete was named USYS National Coach of the year and USYS Region 1 Youth Coach of the Year along with NSCAA East Region Coach of the Year.  In addition, Doneit was also named CJSA Young Coach of the Year (2010) and CJSA Coach of the Year (2009).

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Kurt Jacob

A lifelong resident of Norwalk, Kurt has been involved in coaching since the Fall off 1979 after graduating from high school (where we ws the varsity boys captain at the age of 18. He captained the Norwalk High Soccer team and played 6 years with Norwalk Juventus. 

Kurt coached the combined NHS/BMHS girls varsity soccer team from 1998-2000, and the Norwalk High School girls varsity team from 2001-2005 leading them to the state tournament in 2003. He was the assistant coach for the boys varsity team at Notre Dame in Fairfield from 2006-2012. 

In 2011 and 2012 he was voted as the assistant coach of the year in the SWC conference.  Kurt has coached travel teams at all ages and genders for Norwalk from 2003-2014.  Kurt has coached for the CT ODP program from 2008-2013– he was the head coach of the U14 boys in 2013.  

Kurt is currently on the CJSA coaching education staff. He holds a National Youth License and US Soccer B license. He is also a grade 8 certified referee.

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Thomas Mattera Jr.

Tommy is a former Men’s Assistant Coach at Southern Connecticut State University. He previously had a 2 year stint as Assistant at University of New Haven, helping them qualify for their only Northeast 10 Conference tournament.

Tommy was a two time All FCIAC performer at Norwalk High, was a part of a Greens Farms Academy team that was ranked #1 in New England, and was a Region I Pool selection. He then played at Southern CT, appearing in 2 NCAA Tournaments, helping the team reach the Elite 8, and win the Northeast 10 Conference tournament. 

He has previously coached with the CJSA ODP program, Shoreline FC, and Norwalk Junior Soccer Association. In Norwalk he was the Director of their “Micro Accel” Program. Tommy was named CJSA Young Coach of the Year in 2012 and holds a USSF “B” License and USSF National Youth License.

Paul Melitsanopoulos

Paul oversees our soccer operations and logistics. He also coaches our NYSFC League U11 boys pool, and our U14 US Soccer Development Academy team.

For the past 8 years, alongside Pete Doneit, he has been training goalkeepers for Beachside. 

In addition to coaching for Beachside, Paul is assistant coach for the University of Bridgeport Mens Team

A  lifelong resident of Norwalk, CT, Paul was able to join Beachside as a goal keeper at U-14, and continued his playing career with the club until entering college. 

Paul earned All-FCIAC first team honors while playing for Norwalk High School. At NHS, his team won the first FCIAC soccer championship in school history. In college, as a player at Western Connecticut State University, his team won the LEC championship, earning a bid into the NCAA tournament. Paul continued his education at the University of Connecticut and graduated with high honors. 

Over recent years, Paul has quickly risen up the ranks of youth coaches in the Fairfield County area. His love and passion for teaching the game of soccer has led him to coach in every level of the youth game. Previously, Paul was the head goalkeeper coach for Staples High School of Westport, CT. At Staples, Paul’s goal keepers were awarded with All-FCIAC first team and All-State first team honors. 

Along with his Beachside coaching responsibilities Paul has rejoined Norwalk High School as the head goal keeper/assistant coach of NHS 

Paul understands the lifelong values that can come from the game of soccer, and truly enjoys motivating his players to reach their full potential on and off the field.

Paul holds a United States Soccer Federation A License. 

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Javier Mirabelles

Javier was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and raised in Trumbull, CT,  where he was a 4-year HS varsity player – and was voted Captain his senior year.

 Javier then went on to play collegiate soccer at Merrimack College for two years (1994-1995)) and  finished his college career with Western Conn. Univ. (1997-1998).

In 1999 Javier began his coaching career in Trumbull with a boys U-10 travel team. In 2002 he began his long tenure under the Mickey Kydes program as a travel coach in Westport. Javier was fortunate enough to reach the state finals and semi finals twice as a coach under the Westport program. In 2006 Javier o coached a team in the Local Legends League (which provided active college players and recent college graduates the opportunity to play during the summer months) taking over a team that finished last and in one year went on to win the league.

In 2014 Javier began his Beachside coaching career with a U-14 boys premier team. He is currently coaching the Beachside U-12 boys premier and is the assistant coach for the U-18 Development Academy team.

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Durval (“DJ”) Pereira

Durval Pereira Jr. was a standout player for Oakwood SC from U14 to U18.  He was selected to the ODP Regional Team at U13  At 15 he was selected into the US National Pool – traveling with the US National and Regional teams to several international tournaments.

He was recruited by Sporting Clube de Portugal in 2006 where he trained with their Academy in Lisbon.  On his return Durval played at Cheshire High School where he was selected as a  2-time all-New England Player, an All-American, and CJSA Player of the Year for 2008. 

Durval went on to play at Quinnipiac University where , was Captain his Junior year and was named to the NEC All-Conference Team,  and helped bring the Bobcats to 2 NEC Playoffs.  Durval has played in the off-season for several PDL teams including  AC CT.

He went on to play professionally in Portugal for C.D. Operario, and Mira Mar C.D. Returning to the US in 2013 he became DOC of Cheshire SC   He was also the Varsity Coach of Hamden High School.

In 2016 he was selected for Master’s of High Performance Football program in Barcelona where he spent half a year studying high performance soccer with the best and brightest coaches in the world – only 10 other coaches in the world are selected each year. 

Durval  holds a USSF coaching License and an NSCAA Advanced Director of Coaching Diploma.

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Shane Recklet

Shane spent his entire youth soccer career u12-18 as a standout player for Beachside Soccer Club. As a Shelton, Connecticut native, Shane was a 4 year varsity starter from 2002-2006 at Shelton High School where he received All-Area, All-Conference, All-State and All-American accolades as well as receiving the Tony DeNegri Outstanding Male Soccer Player of the Year award his senior season. 

In 2006, Shane graduated from Shelton High and went on to play NCAA Division I soccer for Quinnipiac University. Shane debuted for the Bobcats his freshman year as a central defender and secured his starting position for the next four years, while being named captain after just his sophomore season. Over his 4 year career at Quinnipiac, Shane received multiple All- Conference and All- Region team selections as both a central defender and central midfielder. 

Shane went on to further his playing career by signing his first professional contract with Germania Schцneiche, who compete in the Oberliga in Germany. Shane spent two seasons with the club, and was named captain of his club after just his first season. In 2012, Shane was recruited and signed his next professional contract with VFC Plauen, who compete in the Regionalliga Nordost in Germany. Shane was a regular in the starting 11 for VFC Plauen and a strong presence in the center of the midfield, and in the winter of 2013 Shane was offered a contract with one of the biggest names in Hungarian soccer, Vasas SC. Shane signed with Vasas during the 2013-2014 season where he made 22 starts for the club in his first season. 

As a coach, Shane started his career when he was in college in 2008 and has a wealth of experience in all areas of youth soccer. Shane has recently received his USSF  License and plans further build his coaching career with Beachside.

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 Gabriel Stan

A native of Romania, Gabriel has been involved in coaching players of both genders at various levels of development for many years. Gabriel was also a member of St. Pantelimon Soccer Academy in Romania for four years and played for Rapid Bucharest in Romania for eight years.

Gabriel has been a Beachside Head Coach for the past 6 years. He is currently Head Coach of the U-17 Beachside Girls Team and Head Coach of the U-11 Beachside Boys Team.

Gabriel has achieved numerous honors including being represented in USA National Youth Teams by his players and competing in Nationally ranked leagues and tournaments. 

Gabriel won the US Youth Region 1 Soccer Championship in the spring of 2009 with the U-12 Beachside Boys team. Gabriel has also been a Coach for Danbury Dynamo boys premier and coached travel teams for Wilton Soccer from 1998 to 2003.

Gabriel has been the Coaching Director for the Westport Soccer Association since 2007. He has coached in the MKSE since 2003. He is a United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level licensed coach.

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Allan Zuniga

Allan played college soccer at Sacred Heart University where he was named All-American.

He then went on to play five years of professional soccer in Nicaragua for 1st division team Walter Ferrepy Club. 
He is a United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level licensed coach. 

Allan has coached Youth level throughout Fairfield County for the last 17 years and has coached in the MKSE organization since 1999, including being the Program Director for the WSA Recreation K-2nd grade clinics from 2002-2012,

He is currently coach of our U14 boys team and our Mens Super 20 team.

Allan has also been assisting the Nicaraguan U17 National team for the past three summers and has also helped a several youth programs there.

Allan has coached for Beachside for the past nine years winning three state cups, one Northeast Regional league and numerous CJSA leagues

Girls Coaching Staff

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Ferid Zimic,   Girls Coaching Director

Ferid is originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina. He moved to the United States in 2000. After high school Ferid attended Sacred Heart University where he played NCAA Division 1 soccer. 

He graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design. After college he worked as a manager at Goooal Sports Indoor Soccer Facility in Stratford, coaching young players of all ages.

Ferid Coaches our 2001 and 2005 Girls teams. He currently holds a United States Soccer Federation B License and has been coaching for the MKS Organization since 2007.

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Katie Didio

Katie is currently the Head Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Southern Connecticut State University. She was herself a four year starter in goal for the school, recording 29 wins (placing her in third all time at SCSU.) She holds the another Southern Connecticut record with 311 saves, and is second all time with 21 career shutouts.
 
Katie has also had extensive coaching and clinic experience at the youth and high school levels. She had worked with Rockville High School, Amity High School, South Central Premier, Orange Youth Soccer Association, and most recently GirlsCan Football.
 
Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SCSU and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Exercise Sciences from SCSU.
 
She will coach our Girls 2000, and 1998/99 y.o.b teams and will also be a goalkeeping instructor for Beachside boys and girls for  a range of age groups

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Gustavo Villagra

Gustavo played Professional soccer in Argentina for the first division club Newells Old Boys. He has also played in Chile, Mexico and the United States: –for the Rochester Rhinos of the American Professional Soccer League. 

Since 2003 Gustavo has coached boys and girls travel teams in the Old Greenwich travel program and Westport Soccer. He holds coaching licenses from the Argentina Soccer Federation and the USSF

Gustavo will coach our 2006 and 2007 Girls teams for 2016-17

Goalkeeper Instruction

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Pete Doneit,   Head of Goalkeeping Instruction

Pete is in his 13th year at Beachside and is currently the Head Coach of our U17/18 US Soccer Development Academy team. Over the years Doneit has led his teams to 6 State Cup championships, a Regional Final and a Region I Fair Play Award as well as leading Beachside’s first team to compete in the USYS National League. 

Doneit is also the Head Coach of Beachside’s Superclubs U 20 teams He has led them to consecutive trips to the National Finals as well as a final 4 finish in 2010. 

In addition, Doneit is the Director of Beachside Juniors Developmental Program and is the Director of Goalkeeping for Beachside SC. In addition to his Beachside duties Pete has been the Assistant Coach for the University of Bridgeport men’s soccer team since 2001 and has helped in the resurgence of the program as one of the top division II teams in the northeast. 

Pete Played four years at Division 1 powerhouse Hartwick College and spent two seasons in the U.S.I.S.L with the Grand Rapid Explosion and Lansing Locomotive. He spent time with the Westchester Flames in the USL Pro Select League and also had a brief stint in South Africa.

A United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ level licensed coach, Pete also holds the NSCAA level II Goalkeeping license. 

In 2011 Pete was named USYS National Coach of the year and USYS Region 1 Youth Coach of the Year along with NSCAA East Region Coach of the Year.  In addition, Doneit was also named CJSA Young Coach of the Year (2010) and CJSA Coach of the Year (2009).

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 Javier Decima 

Javier Decimal has been an assistant coach/goalkeeper coach Fairfield University since 2010.

Javier brings a wealth of coaching experience to the program which includes time at the youth and collegiate levels. He was a Graduate Assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport for two seasons beginning with the 2005 campaign. He served as the team’s goalkeeper coach during his stay.

At Fairfield U. he worked with  Michael O’Keeffe, who became a three time All MAAC Conference 1st team selection and received a call up to the New Zealand Men’s National Team for 2012 OFC Nations Cup the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

In 2014, the starting Fairfield goalkeeper Matt Turner was awarded the NCAA Statistical Champion for Best Save Percentage and Shutout Percentage in the Nation. He was also awarded to All-MAAC Conference tournament team. In 2015 he signed a pro contract with New England Revolution..

Javier played his high school soccer at Aviation H.S. He was awarded Best Goalkeeper in NYC in 1998 and 1999. Decimal played for two years at Ulster Community College. After Ulster CC, Javier accepted a soccer scholarship to the University of Bridgeport. There he won an ECAC championship and was selected to the NYCAC 2nd team in 2003 and 1st team in 2004.

He holds NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma

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Katie Didio

Katie is currently the Head Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Southern Connecticut State University. She was herself a four year starter in goal for the school, recording 29 wins (placing her in third all time at SCSU.) She holds the another Southern Connecticut record with 311 saves, and is second all time with 21 career shutouts.
 
Katie has also had extensive coaching and clinic experience at the youth and high school levels. She had worked with Rockville High School, Amity High School, South Central Premier, Orange Youth Soccer Association, and most recently GirlsCan Football.
 
Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SCSU and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Exercise Sciences from SCSU.
 
She will coach our Girls 2000, and 1998/99 y.o.b teams and will also be a goalkeeping instructor for Beachside boys and girls for  a range of age groups

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Wade Dixon

Wade, a Connecticut native, grew up playing at Beachside premier- a member of the state champion team in 2004 and 2007.

He was a 4-year starter for Notre Dame high school and an All Conference selection, before playing for the University of West Florida on an athletic scholarship. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness Management.

As a performance coach, he has evaluated a number of athletes and developed sport specific speed, agility, and strength training programs. His training experience includes working in various levels of the sports industry- elite youth and high school players as well as collegiate athletes preparing for the NFL Combine and other professional competition.

Since his return to Connecticut, Wade has coached with the CT Pythons, Amity HS Varsity Soccer, Stratford Soccer Club, and the Beachside Academy goalkeepers. 

Wade has a NSCAA  and USSF coaching licenses.

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Paul Melitsanopolous

Paul oversees our soccer operations and logistics. He also coaches our NYSFC League U11 boys pool, and our U14 US Soccer Development Academy team.

In college, as a ‘keeper at Western Connecticut State University, his team won the LEC championship, earning a bid into the NCAA tournament. Paul continued his education at the University of Connecticut and graduated with high honors. 

For the past 8 years, alongside Pete Doneit, he has been training goalkeepers for Beachside. 

Paul is  also assistant coach for the University of Bridgeport Mens Team