Beachside is fortunate to be led by a management team of exceptional experience and devotion to the game with a driving purpose to provide the best environment for our families in our club community.
Mickey Kydes, Technical Director & Founder
Mickey Kydes is the Founder and Director of Coaching at Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club. Founded in 1994, Beachside has become one of the premier soccer specific organizations in the country. Between Beachside, and Mickey Kydes Soccer–a professional coaching organization established in 1996 that supports travel and recreational soccer for several Connecticut clubs, Mickey is responsible for the soccer development and education of close to five thousand children.
Mickey’s distinguished playing career is the cornerstone of MKS’ tremendous 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 powerhouse, Long Island University. At LIU, Mickey was a two-time All-American, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science 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.
His motivation to teach the game has led him to obtain his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘Youth’ National Coaching Licenses. Mickey is also one of only sixty people in the country who holds a USSF ‘Technical Directors License’. He is now a presenter for the USSF Technical Director Course.
Visited and observed at the following clubs throughout the World: Spain – FC Barcelona (twice), Espanyol, AC Bilbao, Argentina – Boca Juniors, Racing Club, Independiente, England – Arsenal, Manchester City, Germany – Frieberg, Belgium – Genk, USA – Philadelphia Union, NY Red Bulls, NYCFC.
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 impacted his success as a coach and manager of soccer programs. World Cup player, US Senior National Team players, MLS and European professionals, MLS Champions, MLS All-Star, MLS Rookie of the Year, US Youth National Team players, NCAA Herman Award Winner, NCAA Division 1 & 3 Champions, NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3 student-athletes, all have benefited from Mickey’s exposure and influence. What Mickey cares most about is the personal development of the thousands of young people that acquire life skills by participating in his programs.
Mickey Kydes is a true Soccer educator, with a sincere and artistic passion for passing on his knowledge to the young people on and off the field. The mixture of his love of the game, with his unmatched work ethic, integrity, attention to detail, ability to organize, lead and educate, have led to the superb national reputation of Mickey Kydes Soccer & Beachside of CT Soccer Club.
2005 – Long Island University Hall of Fame Inductee
2008 – Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee
2008 – NY Greek-American Soccer Club Hall of Fame Inductee
2010 – Norwalk High School Wall of Honor Inductee
2017 – New York City Soccer Gala Honoree
2018 – NE Soccer Journal: Top 50 Most Influential Soccer People in New England
Paul Melitsanopoulos, MLS NEXT Director
Paul, an Alumni of Beachside Soccer Club, is our MLS Next Director and MLS Next Coach. Prior to his MLS Next Director role, Paul served as our USSDA Academy Director for four years.
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 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, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma & the prestigious USSF Academy Director’s License (12 month course hosted by US Soccer)
Paul has been the coaching and directing for MKSE & Beachside Soccer Club since 2009. Paul and his wife Brittney live in Westport with their daughter Zoey.
Javier Miraballes, Elite Academy Director
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 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. Along with his coaching responsibilities, Javier has been appointed as our Premier Coaching Director. Javier also assists coaching for the University of Bridgeport Mens Soccer program.
Javier Miraballes obtained his United States Soccer Federation ‘C’ level license and his Beachside Coaching Development Plan has him completing his ‘B’ license by the fall 2021.
Brian Quinn, College Placement 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.
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.
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.)
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 has 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 an NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping license.
Omar Tork, Beachside North Coaching Director
Omar is our Beachside North Coaching Director, as well as lead player identification scout.
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 GOOOAL Sports Indoor Soccer Facility in Stratford, CT, Omar has coached youth soccer since 1995 throughout Fairfield County, and in the MKSE soccer organization since 1998.
Omar has personally helped countless number of players better themselves on and off the field through the game of soccer. Omar is a vital part of our organization and an intricate part of our strategic planning in player development.
Greg Lally, Club Financial Officer
Greg Lally is a valued team member of our Beachside organization. Greg handles many in office responsibilities, with a main emphasis on club financials.
Greg is greatly appreciated for his work, and is a fantastic ambassador of our club.
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