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.
Mickey Kydes, Technical Director
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
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 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.
Paul Melitsanopoulos, USSDA Academy Director
A lifelong resident of Norwalk, CT, Paul was able to join Beachside as a goalkeeper 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 Goooal indoor soccer facility in Stratford, CT, Omar has coached youth soccer since 1995 throughout Fairfield County, and in the MKSE soccer organization since 1998.
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.)
Cathie Reddy, Beachside Soccer Club Registrar
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Shane Recklet, Director of Operations
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 the 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.
Beachside Hall of Fame Inductee 2017.
Shane Recklet is currently taking his United States Soccer Federation ‘C’ level license and his Beachside Coaching Development Plan has him completing his ‘B’ license by Fall 2018.
Greg Lally, Office Manager
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