Coaches’ Bios

Beachside has a coaching staff of 15 outstanding educators, including:

2 with a US Soccer Academy Director license
9 with college coaching experience
6 with professional playing experience
6 with US Soccer A licenses
8 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

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

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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

Coaching Staff

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Brian Quinn

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.)

Currently, Brian’s entering his 2nd season as Head Mens Soccer Coach for the University of New Haven, and oversea’s Beachside’s as our College Process Director.


 

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Mark has been with Mickey Kydes Soccer since 2004, coaching Westport Soccer Association travel teams, and is entering his 10th season coaching at Beachside. Mark previously coached Danbury Dragons premier teams for four seasons. 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. Mark Alves has his United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level license and his Beachside Coaching Development Plan has him completing his ‘A’ license by the fall 2021.


 

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Pete is in his 19th 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 a NSCAA level II Goalkeeping license.


 

Paul Melitsanopoulos

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

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.


 

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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 he 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 has his NSCAA Advanced Director of Coaching Diploma, United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ level license & is the current Men’s Assistant Coach for the University of New Haven, working along side Coach Brian Quinn.


 

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Allan played college soccer at Sacred Heart University where he was named All-American. Played in the USISL from 1991 to 1995 and then went on to play professional soccer in Nicaragua for 1st division team Walter Ferreti Club. Allan has coached Youth level throughout Fairfield County for the last 20 years and has coached in the Mickey Kydes Soccer organization since 1999, including being the Program Director for the WSA Recreation and travel soccer from 2002-2017.

Traveled with Club Technical Director Mickey Kydes to FC Barcelona (La masia), Spain in 2011. Allan also assisted the U17 Nicaragua National team and helped the youth program over the summer of 2010-2013.

Coaching at Beachside Soccer Club and Beachside Academy for the past 13 years, winning three state cups one Northeast Regional.

 Allan Zuniga is a United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level licensed coach.

 


 

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Born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Came to the United States of America when he was 3 years old, and lived in Connecticut and Long Island, NY. Received 4 letters in varsity soccer in which he started for 3 years.  During his senior year of soccer in Carle Place, Long Island, Bruno helped his team win the conference title along with winning First Team All-Conference honors and All-State recognition. After the soccer season, he moved back to Fairfield, CT and was part of the first graduating class of Fairfield Ludlowe High School in 2006.  Played premier club soccer for Bridgeport, Alberta 89 FC (New York). Bruno plans on continuing his studies to receive my Bachelor’s Degree.

Bruno is one of the top coaches in Westport Soccer Association for the last 10 years. Coached at the WSA U9-U12 age groups and has directed the WSA rec clinics for the last 5 years.  Bruno is a United States Soccer Federation licensed coach. Coaching in the MKS soccer organization since fall 2008.


 

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Mauro was born in Brazil where at the age of 18 years old he played his first professional game as a forward. From 1994 to 2002 Mauro was hired by five professional soccer teams in the Brazilian Leagues. In 1994/1996 Mauro played against Brazilian legendary players like Ronaldo Phenomenon, the goal keeper Taffarel and Defender Marcio Santos all FIFA World Cup 94 Champions that was held in the USA. Living in the USA, Mauro put all his effort in soccer to lead and train the youth in the sport that he is passionate about. Mauro previously coached the U12, U14, U16 Premier Teams and U12, U13, U14 Travel teams at Danbury Youth Soccer Club from 2011 to 2017. Mauro is a United States Soccer Federation licensed coach.


 

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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. Omar was also head coach for many Beachside premier teams for the last 17 years.  Omar has been instrumental in the development of many Beachside players for the last 17 years and continues to be one of the clubs best Player ID and Development resource.


 

Sean O’Brien

Sean began playing soccer at a young age for the Guilford Soccer Club. Sean went onto attend Guilford High School before going on to study and play at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT (Division 2). During his time at SCSU, from 2006-2010, Sean served as a three-year Capitan and led the team to a NE-10 Conference Tournament win in 2007; for his efforts, Sean was received All Conference & All Region awards as a Center Back.

After college, Sean took advantage of the opportunity to travel to Germany for tryouts with various professional and semi-professional teams. He signed a two-year contract with the semi-professional team: SC Hartenfels 04 in Torgau, Germany, from 2012-2014. Upon his return to the states, Sean naturally transitioned into coaching by joining Notre Dame of West Haven High School & Cheshire Soccer Club.

Sean returned to his Alma Mater SCSU as the Men’s Assistant Coach, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. Sean is a United States Soccer Federation ‘C’ level license coach, and his Beachside Coaches Development Plan has him completing his ‘B’ license by 2022.


 


Anthony Anzevui

Anzevui is the current Assistant Coach at Sacred Heart University (2014 – present). Anzevui joins our Beachside Staff as our U14 MLS NEXT Assistant Coach.

“We are thrilled to welcome coach Anzevui to Beachside. Coach Anzevui has been an instrumental figure in our soccer community, and we feel strongly that he believes in the same core values as we do in Beachside.” – Paul Melitsanopoulos – MLS NEXT DIRECTOR

Anzevui played professionally with the Western Massachusetts Pioneers in the USL (2009-2010). He then enjoyed a pre-season training camp with F.C. Sion in the Swiss Super League before signing with F.C. Martigny in the Swiss 1 Liga (2011-2013). He went on to win the NPSL National Championship in 2017 with Elm City Express.

A decorated student-athlete at Sacred Heart University, Anzevui was a three-time NEC All-Conference defender. He helped SHU to several impressive seasons, including the biggest single-season turnaround in a conference history, leading the Pioneers to the playoffs for the first time ever in Division I in 2005. Anzevui followed that up with another postseason appearance in 2007. Prior to his collegiate career, Anzevui spent time in the youth academies of Sunderland A.F.C and York City F.C in England.

Anzevui holds a United States Soccer Federation C License, and his Beachside Coaches Development Plan has him completing his ‘B’ license by 2022.

 


 


Kylie Stannard

Kylie Stannard, who begins his sixth season as the 5K Corral Head Coach of the Yale University Bulldogs in 2020, has returned the Yale men’s soccer program to national prominence. Since his arrival, Stannard has directed a memorable 2019 season that saw the Bulldogs capture their first outright Ivy League title since 1991, match the school record with 13 victories and earn the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005.

Stannard was rewarded by being named the 2019 Ivy League and New England Soccer Journal Coach of the Year. He guided the Bulldogs to a 13-3-2 overall record, including a program-record 11-game unbeaten streak to open the season, and a 6-1 Ivy League mark which matched the best in school history. Yale was nationally ranked for much of the season, reaching as high as No. 21, finished 12th in the nation in goals against average and 13th in winning percentage. At the national level, Stannard is a member of the Division I Men’s Soccer Regional Advisory Committee.

Stannard, who holds a USSF National “A” Coaching License and an NSCAA Premier Diploma, also has worked with the Region II (Midwest) Olympic Development Program, the Illinois and Nebraska ODP programs and was the co-director of coaching for Nebraska FC. In addition, he has several years of head coaching experience at the club level.

Coach Stannard has been a valued supporter of Beachside since his arrival to Connecticut, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our staff.


 

Goalkeeper Instruction

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Pete Doneit,   Head of Goalkeeping Instruction

Pete is in his 19th year at Beachside. 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 teams He has led them to consecutive trips to the National Finals as well as a final 4 finish in 2010.

In additional to his coaching responsibilities, Pete is the Director of Beachside Juniors Developmental Program and is the Director of Goalkeeping for Beachside SC. Pete is the Head Coach for the University of Bridgeport men’s soccer team 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 Decima is the Associate Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Fairfield University. He has been with the Stags program since 2010

Decima’s influence has showed dividends, as two of Fairfield’s goalkeepers – Michael O’Keeffe and Matt Turner have gone to play at the pro level.

From 2010 to 2012, he worked with O’Keeffe, who became a three-time All MAAC Conference 1st team selection. O’Keeffe was awarded the MAAC 2011 Defensive Player of the Year and All-MAAC Conference tournament team. In 2012, he received a call up to the New Zealand Men’s National Team for 2012 OFC Nations Cup. O’Keeffe was also selected for the New Zealand team that participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He signed a pro contract with Team Wellington in New Zealand ASB Premiership in 2014.

In 2014, Matt Turner was awarded the NCAA Statistical Champion for Best Save Percentage and Shutout Percentage in the Nation. He was also selected to All-MAAC Conference tournament team. In 2015 he was named All MAAC Conference second team. Matt signed a pro contract with MLS side New England Revolution in 2015. Turner is also part of the USMNT and earned his first cap on January 21st 2021.

Decima is heavily involved in all aspects of Fairfield’s program. Some of the more specific tasks include academic development of student athletes; assistance in game situations; overseeing the goalkeeper training and assisting the head coach with session planning and field set up; lead recruiting of potential student athletes and handling administrative responsibilities associated with the program operations, which involve recruiting logistics and planning, team travel details and equipment.

Decima spend two years at Ulster Community College playing under Hall of Fame coach George Vizvary. During his stay there, he won a Region 15 title and placed 3rd in the 2001 National Junior College Tournament. After Ulster CC,

Decima transferred 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 was also recognized as ADIDAS All-Region Team in 2004.

He is currently the goalkeeper coach for Beachside of Connecticut a MLSNext club. He is also the co-founder of Keepermax Goalkeeper Academy a Goalkeeping Specific Trainingt Academy.

Decima is a native of Buenos Aires Argentina. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a BS in Psychology and was a Graduate Assistant Coach for two years on Men’s soccer staff and earned his MS in counseling. He holds NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma and NSCAA National Diploma.

Decima currently resides in Stamford, CT with his wife Lindsay and son Maximiliano.


 

Paul Melitsanopoulos

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.

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 12 years, alongside Pete Doneit, he has been training goalkeepers for Beachside.

Paul currently holds a “USSF A License” & NSCAA Directors Diploma & the prestigious USSF Academy Director 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.