Beachside is fortunate to be led by a management team of exceptional experience and devotion to the game, and to the families in our club community.
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Mickey Kydes, Technical Director
Mickey 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.
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.
Pete Doneit, Director of Goalkeeping Instruction
Pete is in his 14th year coaching at Beachside Soccer Club. Over the years, Pete 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.
Pete is also the Head Coach of Beachside’s Superclubs U 20 team, which is comprised of our college alumni. He has led them to consecutive trips to the National Finals as well as a final 4 finish in 2010.
In addition, Pete is the Director of Beachside Juniors Developmental Program and is the Director of Goalkeeping for Beachside SC. Outside of Beachside, Pete is the Head Coach for the University of Bridgeport men’s soccer team, and as been working with the University since 2001. From Pete’s efforts, he 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.
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).
Pete Doneit is a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ licensed coach, and also holds a NSCAA level II Goalkeeping license.
Paul Melitsanopoulos, Director of Soccer Operations.
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.
As an Assistant Coach & GK Coach, Paul has seen success in winning FCIAC titles with Staples HS, and FCIAC and State title with Norwalk High School.
Paul currently coaches in our USSDA Development Academy program and oversees our soccer operations and logistics.
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 has been the coaching and directing for MKSE since 2010.
Paul holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
Omar Tork, Beachside North Coaching Director
Omar was a member of the youth and senior Syrian National Team. He has played professional soccer in Brazil (three years) and the United States professional indoor leagues (two years).
Owner of Gooal indoor soccer facility in Stratford, CT, Omar has coached youth soccer since 1995 throughout Fairfield County, and in the MKSE soccer organization since 1998.
Denise Brown, Registrar and Office Manager
Denise Brown handles our tournament and league registration process, and oversees all our financial operations.
A legend for her kindness, devotion to the club and her flexibility, Denise has worked with Beachside since 2000.