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.
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Mickey Kydes, Technical Director
Mickey Kydes is the founder and Technical Director of Beachside of Connecticut Soccer Club.
He is a true Soccer educator, with a sincere and artistic passion for passing on his wealth of knowledge to the soccer stars of the future. The mixture of his love of the game, with his ability to organize, lead and educate, have been the genesis of the superb reputation of our club.
As a 2008 Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame inductee, Mickey’s distinguished playing career is the cornerstone of our club’s history and 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 power house, Long Island University. At LIU Mickey was a two-time All American, graduating in 1986 with a 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. Mickey was inducted in the Long Island University Hall of Fame in February 2005.
Mickey holds both his USSF ‘A’ and ‘Youth’ National Coaching Licenses. Mickey is also a certified USSF/CJSA ‘D’ and ‘E’ license instructor.
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 transferred to his success as a coach and manager of soccer programs. Mickey Kydes has successfully transferred his wealth of knowledge to the many players he has educated in the game of soccer.
Brian Quinn, Boys Coaching 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).
Brian 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 1995-2000, Quinn was an assistant coach at Boston University (BU) under Neil Roberts.
From 1990-1993, Brian served as the Director of Boys Olympic Development Program with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.
Brian and holds a USSF “A” License and the NSCAA Premier Diploma. 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.
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 Doneit is in his 13th year at Beachside and is currently the Head Coach of our 2000-01 US Soccer Development Academy team. Over the years Doneit has led Beachside 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.
Has also Head Coach of the University of Bridgeport Men’s Team.
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 Assistant Coach for the University of Bridgeport men’s soccer team since 2001 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).
Paul Melitsanopoulos, Director of Soccer Operations.
Paul oversees our soccer operations and logistics. He also coaches our NYSFC League U11 boys pool, and our U14 US Soccer Development Academy team.
For the past 8 years, alongside Pete Doneit, he has been training goalkeepers for Beachside.
In addition to coaching for Beachside, Paul is assistant coach for the University of Bridgeport Mens Team
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.
Over recent years, Paul has quickly risen up the ranks of youth coaches in the Fairfield County area. His love and passion for teaching the game of soccer has led him to coach in every level of the youth game. Previously, Paul was the head goal keeper coach for Staples High School of Westport, CT. At Staples, Paul’s goal keepers were awarded with All-FCIAC first team and All-State first team honors.
Along with his Beachside coaching responsibilities Paul has rejoined Norwalk High School as the head goal keeper/assistant coach of NHS
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 B License.
Omar Tork, Scouting 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 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.
Denise Brown, Registrar and Office Manager
Denise Brown handles our tournament and league registration process, and oversees all our financial operations.
A legend for her kindness, devotion to the club and her flexibility, Denise has worked with Beachside since 2000.