Meet the Coaches

Beachside has a coaching staff of 17 outstanding educators, including:

1 with a US Soccer Academy Director license
6 with college coaching experience
5 with professional playing experience
5 with US Soccer A licenses
9 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
2 CJSA Young Coaches 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

Boys 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 was appointed 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 9th 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 finalized his United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level license and his Beachside Coaching Development Plan has him completing his ‘A’ license by the fall 2021.


 


Alin Andrei

Alin grew up in Romania where he played soccer through the junior system for several professional soccer teams, including Petrolul Ploiesti and Astra Ploiesti. He moved to the US in 2001 and played soccer in NY Cosmopolitan League for Ripensia Romanian Team.

In 2002 Alin started coaching boys and girls teams in for the towns of Armonk and Chappaqua in Westchester, NY. From 2006 -2009 he coached boys and girls travel teams in New Canaan CT, and also Premier Teams in Norwalk for Everton America.

He joined Mickey Kydes Soccer Organization in the Spring of 2010. Alin coached several Beachside premier teams from 2011 – 2016 winning the U18 Boys Open Cup championship in 2015.

Alin Andrei is a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ level licensed coach. He also has a Master Degree on Physical Education, Certificate in Personal Training Action, Health Fitness Specialist, Physical Best, NCAA – Diploma “The Mental Game” and  La Liga Formation Methodology.

 


 

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Pete is in his 15th 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

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 serves as our USSDA Academy Director.

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, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and will partake in the prestigious USSF Technical Directors Course in 2019-20.


 

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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 o 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. Javier is currently coaching the Beachside 2004 boys premier team, assisting in our Development Academy program and assistant coaching for the University of Bridgeport Mens Soccer program.

Javier Miraballes is currently finalizing his United States Soccer Federation ‘C’ level license and his Beachside Coaching Development Plan has him completing his ‘B’ license by the fall 2020.


 

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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 , 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 and has recently finalized his United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level license. Our Beachside Coaching Development Plan has him completing his ‘A’ license by the fall 2020.


 

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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 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 has recently finalized his United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ level license. Our Beachside Coaching Development Plan has him completing his ‘A’ license by the fall 2020.


 

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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 12 years winning three state cups one Northeast Regional.

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

 

 

Emani McPherson

Emani’s passion for soccer started at a very young age. During High school, Emani went to Wolmers Boys high school, the oldest and one the most prestigious high schools in Jamaica.

In Jamaica, Emani progressed through the soccer ranks by playing semi-pro soccer at age 19 until 21 while attending The University of Technology Jamaica where he studied Law, until moving to America.

Upon arriving to America, Emani continued to find success playing at the semi-professional level here in the states, and rose the ranks of the youth soccer scene, coaching numerous premier teams in our area.

Emani is licensed through the United States Soccer Federation.


 

Bruno DiasBruno Dias

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 young 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 15 years.  Omar has been instrumental in the development of many Beachside players for the last 16 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 an Assistant Coach, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. Sean recently finalized his United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ level license, and his Beachside Coaches Development Plan has him completing his ‘C’ license by 2020. We are thrilled to welcome Sean into first year coaching in Beachside.

 

Goalkeeper Instruction

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Pete Doneit,   Head of Goalkeeping Instruction

Pete is in his 15th year at Beachside. Over the years Doneit 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.

Doneit 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 addition, Doneit is the Director of Beachside Juniors Developmental Program and is the Director of Goalkeeping for Beachside SC. In addition to his Beachside duties Pete has been 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 Decimal has been an assistant coach/goalkeeper coach Fairfield University since 2010.

Javier brings a wealth of coaching experience to the program which includes time at the youth and collegiate levels. He was a Graduate Assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport for two seasons beginning with the 2005 campaign. He served as the team’s goalkeeper coach during his stay.

At Fairfield U. he worked with  Michael O’Keeffe, who became a three time All MAAC Conference 1st team selection and received a call up to the New Zealand Men’s National Team for 2012 OFC Nations Cup the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

In 2014, the starting Fairfield goalkeeper Matt Turner was awarded the NCAA Statistical Champion for Best Save Percentage and Shutout Percentage in the Nation. He was also awarded to All-MAAC Conference tournament team. In 2015 he signed a pro contract with New England Revolution..

Javier played his high school soccer at Aviation H.S. He was awarded Best Goalkeeper in NYC in 1998 and 1999. Decimal played for two years at Ulster Community College. After Ulster CC, Javier accepted a soccer scholarship 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 holds NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, NSCAA National Diploma

 

Paul Melitsanopoulos

Paul is our USSDA Academy Director. He also currently coaches  our U14 & U13 US Soccer Development Academy teams.

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

Paul is a Beachside Alumni, and currently holds a “USSF A License” & NSCAA Directors Diploma. Paul has been accepted to partake in the prestigious USSF Technical Director course, which invites only 20 individuals throughout the country to partake in a 12 month course hosted by US Soccer.