Beachside has formed a Board of Advisors from the professional soccer world to act as a sounding board for decision-making and to provide guidance for our activities.
Jose Angel “Cuco” Zigande
‘Cuco’ is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a center forward, and is the current manager of Athletic Bilbao.
He played in 381 La Liga games over the course of 12 seasons (111 goals scored), representing Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao and made two appearances for the Spanish National Team.
‘Cuco’, from Larraintzar Spain, is a product of CA Osasuna’s youth system. After a two-year coaching stint with Osasuna’s B Team, Zigande managed Osasuna’s full team into the Semi Finals of the UEFA Cup and a Quarter Finals appearance in the Spanish Kings Cup and later managed La Liga side Xerez CD during the 2009-10 season. Has worked with various levels of Osasuna’s Youth Academy.
Dr. Darren Treasure
Darren is one of sport’s most recognized mental performance coaches providing support to Olympic and World Champions, athletes and teams who have competed and won at the highest levels of sport. He has consulted with Nike’s Oregon Project since 2007 and has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest distance runners including Olympic Gold Medalists Mo Farah and Matthew Centrowitz and Olympic Silver & Bronze Medalist Galen Rupp.
In addition to his work with the Oregon Project Darren currently consults with athletes competing in the NFL and NBA and at the University of Oregon. Previously Darren has worked with USSF, FIFA, NSCAA and provided support for players in the NWSL, MLS and EPL. Beyond his practical experience, Darren has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Southern Illinois University and was a tenured Professor at Arizona State University with appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Psychology.
He has published over 60 scientific articles and book chapters on motivation and performance psychology and made invited keynote presentations in Croatia, France, Norway, Finland, USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. He recently accepted an Honorary Professor position at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom where he will continue his research focused on understanding and optimizing human performance.
Bill Manning has a wealth of experience on the soccer field and in the sports business. He currently is President of Major League Soccer 2017 Champions Toronto FC.
Bill has enjoyed a successful 20-year career including executive positions in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles) & NBA (Houston Rockets) as well as as General manager of MLS club Real Salt Lake.
Under Manning’s guidance, Real Salt Lake won the MLS Cup in 2009 and was the first MLS team to advance to the finals of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011. Since his arrival, RSL has vaulted into the League’s elite in virtually every metric, including winning percentage, sponsorship & ticket sales revenue, merchandising and media coverage. Most recently, Manning was named the 2012 MLS Executive of the Year.
An All-America soccer standout at the University of Bridgeport, Manning later won a U.S. Open Cup with the Brooklyn Italians and played in the United Soccer Leagues with the Penn-Jersey Spirit, Valley Golden Eagles & New York Fever.
A former Beachside player and Gatorade National Player of the Year for Staples High School Kyle was ACC Player of the Year at University of Virginia and 2002 MLS Rookie of the Year. He had an 8 year career in the MLS with the Columbus Crew and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Martino is a studio analyst and color commentator for NBC Sports coverage of the English Premier League. Martino previously served as a color commentator for MLS on the ESPN family of networks.