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Coach Bios

WSA TRAVEL PROGRAM DIRECTORS:

Mickey Kydes – Coaching Program Director
The WSA Program Coaching Director since 2003. Mickey Played professional soccer from 1987 – 1996 in Europe and the United States, also a member of the United States National Team in 1987. Retired from professional soccer in 1996 from the NY/NJ MetroStars of Major League Soccer.  Grew up playing youth travel soccer in Norwalk, CT where he played four years as a High School starter.  Two-time All-American at Long Island University where he graduated with a degree in Marketing.  President and Founder of Mickey Kydes Soccer (MKS), established in 1996 with over 300 children participating; MKS has now grown to over 5 thousand children participating in its various programs.  Founder & Coaching Director of the Beachside of CT Boys Premier program established in 1994 which is only one of 80 clubs in the USA (USSDA) Academy League.  He is a United States Soccer Federation ‘A’, ‘F’, and ‘National Youth’ level licensed coach.  Inducted in to the Long Island University Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008. Completed U.S. Soccer’s Technical Directors Course in July 2016 – Highest Coaching License available with the US Soccer Federation.  Honored by New York City Soccer in March of 2017.  New England Soccer Journal top 50 soccer influencers in New England.

Paul Melitsanopoulos – Director of Operations
Goalkeeper and 4-year varsity member for Norwalk High School coach by Kurt Simenson 2000-2004. Member of the 2002 FCIAC Championship team which was ranked 4th in the state of CT. Senior year, captain for Norwalk and was voted as ALL-FCIAC 1st team. Starting goalkeeper for beachside U-16 and U-17 and played for Brian Quinn, who currently coaches Bridgeport Univ. Three-year member of Western Connecticut State University men’s soccer team. Freshmen year, started off the year 5th in New England for Division 3 schools in the country.  Sophomore year, member of Little East Conference Champions (LEC), NCAA participant. Team ranked in the top 10 in New England which captured a key win against Kean State in LEC playoffs, who were ranked top 20 in the country.  Paul has been coaching for Norwalk since 2001 and working for Mickey Kydes soccer camps for 8 years.  Paul has coached players ranged in ages from 4-17. Paul believes a good coach has a tremendous influence on his players not just in the game of soccer but in the real world as world.  A Beachside (USSDA) Academy team head coach.  A United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ & ‘F’ licensed coach.  Coaching in the MKS organization since 2005.

Pete Doneit – Goalkeeper Coach
Played four years at Division 1 powerhouse Hartwick College and two seasons in the USISL with Grand Rapid Explosion and Lansing Locomotive.  Played with Cape Town Spurs and Witswatersand of South African 1st division.  Has worked at summer camps throughout the United States and is a current Beachside (USSDA) Academy team head coach.  Will also run the WSA Goalkeeping Clinics. A United States Soccer Federation ‘A’ & ‘F’ level licensed coach. Head Coach for the University of Bridgeport Men’s soccer team. Awarded ‘National Youth Coach of the Year’ in 2010-11. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2003.

Allan Zuniga – Boys Travel Coaching Director
Played college soccer at Sacred Heart University where he was named All-American.  Went on to play five years of professional soccer in Nicaragua for 1st division team Walter Ferrepy Club.  He is a United States Soccer Federation ‘B’ & ‘F’ level licensed coach. Coached boys travel teams in the Old Greenwich and Westport travel program for last 5 years.  Coaching in the MKS organization since 1999, including being the Program Director for the WSA Recreation K-2nd grade clinics since 2002-2005.

Jennifer Christos – Girls Travel Coaching Director
Four-year high school varsity starter.  Played one year at Stonybrook College.  Coached for five years at Brookfield H.S, three years as an assistant and two years as head coach.  Assistant coach for the Western Connecticut College Woman’s soccer team from 2005-2006.  Currently President of the Southern Connecticut Woman’s soccer league and active player on the Westport team.  Jennifer is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2003.

Bamba Fall - WSA Developmental Program Director
Played Varsity HS Soccer in Dakar Senegal (1992-95), Stonington HS Varsity Soccer (1995-96), Intramurals at University of Bridgeport (1996-2000), with a championship in 1996, and Sportzone soccer leagues 2001-02.  Coached U7-U8 teams in Dakar while in HS (1992-95), and was Assistant coach for Stonington HS Junior Varsity (1995-96).  A United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ & ‘F’ licensed coach. Coached the WSA U11 Girls travel team to two back-to-back state cup finals in 2004-2005.  Bamba has been coaching WSA travel team since 2002 and WSA rec clinics since 2003.  Coaching in the MKS organization since 2003.

COACHING STAFF for WSA TRAVEL 2019/2020 SEASON  (2020/2021 Coaches/Teams are FORTHCOMING)

Jake Zuniga – U9 Girls Blue & U10 Girls Blue
Jake grew up in Norwalk, CT and has been involved in soccer since the age of 3. He made his way into the Beachside soccer program at 10 years old, up until his final year with the Beachside Super-20 team in 2013. During his time he was a state champion, Region 1 semi-finalist, and attended Nationals with the Super-20 team on 3 occasions, serving as a captain for 2 of those seasons. Jake played four years of varsity soccer at Norwalk High School, where he was an All-FCIAC and All-State first team member. He went on to play college soccer for Fairfield University for the past four years. Member of the 2011 MAAC regular season and tournament champions, he went on to the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round to Brown 3-2, where he scored the first goal for Fairfield. He is currently a member of the AC Connecticut PDL team, and has been called up by the Nicaragua National team. Jake is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach.   Coached rec clinics and camps for MKS organization in 2015.

Daniel Londono - U9 Girls White & U10 Girls White
Carlos Daniel Londono, is originally from Colombia, South America and is married with three young children. He moved to the United States in 2003. He played for the Stamford Hurricanes back in his high school years, and also played for a second division team in Colombia called INFERIORES del Pereira Sub 16.  Daniel has been a travel soccer coach in the WSA and has coach in the MKSE soccer organization in the WSA Recreation / Wilton Rec 3rd-4th, 5th-6th & 7th-8th boys and girls. Gained valuable coaching experience throughout the years preparing and maintaining up-to-date lesson plans and goals for seasonal practice drills and procedures while coaching 8-10 yrs olds in Club Kalazans.  Currently works at Woodway Country Club in Darien, CT.  Daniel is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Coaching in MKS organization since 2011.

Elizabeth Burns – U9 Girls Red & U10 Girls Red
Grew up playing soccer on Long Island, New York, and was a member of the first all girls travel team in Mastic Sports Club at the age of 13.  Captain and 4 year starter of Sacred Heart University Women's team (NCAA Division II.)  Played amateur soccer with CT Wolves women's team in 1997 season.  Now currently plays for the Southern CT Women's Soccer League (serving as the Registrar and Treasurer of the League) and the Stamford Coed Summer Soccer League.  A United States Soccer Federation ‘E’ & ‘F’ licensed coach. Liz will was the WSA rec program director for 2006-07 season.  Coaching WSA travel teams and rec clinics since 2003. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2003.

Maksym Bak – U9 Girls Gold
MKSE Organization is happy to welcome Maksym to our travel coaching staff.  Also known as Max, brings a wealth of knowledge from his vast playing and coaching experience. Maksym began his soccer career in his native Ukraine, where he played for over 5 years. He then played varsity soccer at Westhill High School, as well as for the Stamford Hurricanes. He easily transitioned into coaching as he graduated college and began coaching WSA rec clinics for Mickey Kydes Soccer. Academically, Maksym holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He will be completing the United States Soccer Federation initial grassroots license in the fall. Second year coaching in the MKS organization.

Bamba Fall – U11 Girls Blue & U12 Girls Blue
Played Varsity HS Soccer in Dakar Senegal (1992-95), Stonington HS Varsity Soccer (1995-96), Intramurals at University of Bridgeport (1996-2000), with a championship in 1996, and Sportzone soccer leagues 2001-02.  Coached U7-U8 teams in Dakar while in HS (1992-95), and was Assistant coach for Stonington HS Junior Varsity (1995-96).  A United States Soccer Federation ‘D’ & ‘F’ licensed coach. Coached the WSA U11 Girls travel team to two back-to-back state cup finals in 2004-2005.  Bamba has been coaching WSA travel team since 2002 and WSA rec clinics since 2003.  Coaching in the MKS organization since 2003.

Alyson Panaro – U11 Girls White & U13 Girls Blue
Alyson grew up in Connecticut where she started playing soccer at the age of 5.  At the age of 10 she began playing competitively for the Yankee United Patriots.  Alyson played with The Patriots for the next 7 years, competing in tournaments all over the country and winning numerous championships, earning national recognition.  Alyson also participated in the Olympic Development Program (OPD) in Connecticut and played for New Canaan High School Varsity team all 4 years where she earned all FCIAC and all state recognition.  Alyson went on to play Division I within the Atlantic 10 Conference at St. Josephs University in Philadelphia, PA.  She has coached previously in both New Canaan and Fairfield.  Alyson has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Fairfield University and works as both a school counselor and licensed psychotherapist.  Alyson is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Second year coaching in the MKS organization.

Kerri O’Connor
Kerri grew up in Bethel, CT and played soccer for the BYSA and CFC organizations.  She attended Pace University where she was a four-year starter and two year captain.  At Pace, she was a two-time All-Conference team selection and two time NSCAA All-Region Team selection.  In 2004 she was Pace University’s Female Athlete of the year and received the Darrell Halloran Memorial award in 2005, given to the University’s top scholar athlete.  She worked as the graduate assistant soccer coach for Pace from 2005-2006. She graduated from Pace with a BA in Childhood Education and a MS in Childhood Literacy. She is currently a 3rd grade teacher in Stamford, CT and plays for the Southern CT Women's Soccer League.  Kerri is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2009.

Barry Beattie – U14/15 Girls  Norport
Assistant coach of the University of Bridgeport Women’s Soccer Program and Girls Varsity Head Coach at Staples High School, Westport CT.   Beattie a native of Derry, Ireland and holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Advanced national Diploma and a USSF “D” License and a UEFA B License. Over the past decade, Beattie 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. Before coming to the States, Beattie coached in both England and Ireland at various levels of the game. 

Kelvin Mutambo – U9 Boys Blue  & U10 Boys Blue
Born in Zambia, Africa, Kelvin is married with one child.  Played soccer for the Zambia National team from 1996 -1999.  Played club soccer for Zamsure FC in Zambia from 1994 – 1997, and Qatar Sporting Club in Qatar from 1997 – 1999.  Kelvin was very involved in coaching in his former club, Zamsure FC.  He coached in the club’s youth system for three years.  Kelvin has been the WSA rec program director since 2006. Coaching WSA travel teams and rec clinics since 2003. Kelvin is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Coaching in the MKSE since 2003.

Erick Romero – U9 Boys White & U10 Boys White
Erick is originally from Honduras. He moved to the United States in 2006. Playing soccer since the age of 6 is one of Erick’s attributes. Beachside soccer club welcomed Erick when he was 16 years old. Carrying forward with Erick’s allocates, Erick was a participating member of the 2011 under 17 state championship team, that also competed and earned championship honors at the Disney invitational national tournament. Currently, Erick is a member of the University of Bridgeport men’s soccer team and has solidified his starting position on the field.  He coaches the WSA U9 Boys Gold team in the spring of 2014. Erick is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Erick has been coaching in the MKS soccer organization at clinics and camps since 2011.

Alen Malicevic – U9 Boys Red & U10 Boys Red
Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, emigrated to Munich, Germany in 1996 where he played for Bayern Munich from 1996-1998. In 1999, he then emigrated to The United States where he played for Central High School and was honored All State, All New England, and All Conference for three consecutive years. In 2002, was elected for the Olympic Development Team, where he was coached under Bob Dikranian and earned the title of State Champion. Attended University of Bridgeport from 2002-2006, where he played for NCAA Division 2 under Brian Quinn, and earned the ECAC Championship title. Currently, President and player for NB Fanaticos CSL Soccer Team.  Alen is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2012.   

Peter Dorgai – U9 Boys Gold
Born in Hungry and brother to an All-Star Soccer player, Peter had to work hard to step out of his brother’s shadow and eventually became known as a great defensive and strategic player earning him the nickname “The Bull”. Playing since the age of 6, and at the league level at age 12, his hard work and determination eventually earned him a place in several leagues where he was paid to play soccer full-time. He's played on several teams that won tournaments and on two teams that won league championships in Hungry. He was also able to travel to Slovakia and Poland to play in Eastern European tournaments. Peter now plays for recreation at local football clubs and events and has a passion to pass the sport down to the next generation. He is currently a licensed Grassroots U.S. Soccer Coach and has trained children previously at Roxbury Elementary School in Stamford. He is currently pursuing a sports nutrition certificate to help athletes achieve their peak performance. When not on the Soccer field, Peter works for various Catering and Event companies as a Team Captain and Lead Bartender. He is a native of Stamford, CT and absolutely loves to go out on adventures with his 6-year-old son, Tysen, passing down a love of connecting with nature, exploring, and the great outdoors. Fist year coaching in the MKS organization. 

George Caseras – U9 Boys Silver
George played four years’ varsity at McMahon High School in Norwalk CT. Played for Beachside (2 Years), Oakwood (1 year) and Samba (2 Years) premier teams in the CT area. Played in CT ODP (Olympic Development Program). Traveled to Italy for a tournament with USA Soccer Academy. Played for C.W POST LIU 08-09. Certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. George is a United States Soccer Federation ‘E & F’ licensed coach. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2014. 

Bardhyl Limani – U11 Boys White & U12 Boys Blue
Played 2nd division professional soccer in his country of Kosovo and in Switzerland. Coached youth soccer in Kosovo for boys ages U12 to U16 before coming to the United States.  Since 2001 he has been a travel soccer coach in the WSA and has coached in the MKSE soccer organization in the WSA Recreation K – 2nd grade clinics. Coaching WSA travel teams since and rec clinics since 2001.  Bardhyl is a UEFA ‘B’ & United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach.  Coaching in the MKS organization since 2001.

Mario Fajardo
Born in Ecuador, South America and married for ten years with two boys 9 years and 2 years old.  Living in Bridgeport for the last 8 years and currently a real estate broker.  Mario has been playing soccer since 5 years old, including youth and high school teams.  Played in Ecuador for a second division team called TECNI CLUB and DEPORTIVO CUENCA SUB 16, and currently continuous to play in the local summer soccer leagues.  The last 3 years Mario has helped kids in his community by volunteer coaching and last year he coached in the WSA Rec clinics both at K - 2nd grade and 3rd - 9th grade and WSA Travel soccer.  Mario is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach.  Coaching in the MKSE organization since 2008. 

Fabio de OliveieraU13 Boys White
MKSE Organization is happy to welcome Fabio to our coaching Staff. Fabio brings a wealth of knowledge from his vast playing and coaching experience. Fabio played Futsal for Universidade Bandeirantes de Sao Paulo - ’05 - ’09. Fabio easily transitioned into coaching and begun coaching the Varsity and Middle school Futsal in Sao Paulo, Brazil for 3 years. Upon arriving in the United States, Fabio began coaching for Everson Soccer Academy/Brazil CT - 2013 to 2015 - Summer Team, Travel Teams and Rec. Academically, Fabio holds a Bachelors in Science in Physical Education and Sport Performance. Fabio is a United States Soccer Federation ‘E’ & ‘F’ licensed coach, as well as a US Futsal License. This is Fabio’s second year coaching in the MKSE Program.

Rodrigo Libanori – U13 Boys Red
Rodrigo, a Danbury CT, native, grew up playing soccer at a young age. Rodrigo begin his playing career at the Danbury travel level and quickly progressed onto premier. Rodrigo went on to play for Danbury High School for 4 years, Co-Captaining the team his junior and senior year. Rodrigo had the opportunity to play for Western Connecticut University, as well as continue his education. Rodrigo has a pure passion for the game of soccer, and is excited to join the MKSE coaching staff and give back to the game he loves. Currently, Rodrigo is a United States Soccer Federation "E" & ‘F’ licensed coach and is working his way onto continuing his coaching education.

Stelios Seferidis – U11 Boys Blue & U13 Boys Blue
Stelios is a native of Norwalk, CT, Stelios grew up playing soccer in the local area, where he attended Fairfield Prep High School. Since 2008, Stelio has been a member of F.C. Connecticut Men's team which competes in the ASLC. Stelios has been involved in coaching for several years at the youth level, being involved with both soccer and basketball. His wealth of experience coaching young athletes and enthusiastic personality will serve him well, and we are happy to have him on our staff. Aside from his coaching responsibilities, Stelios currently works as a branch service manager of both Wilton and Norwalks First Niagara Bank. Stellios is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2014.

Kobe Ntumbanzando – U14/15 Boys Blue
Coach Kobe played 4 years for the prestigious Right To Dream Academy. Right To Dream is one of the most recognized soccer academies in the world. Soccer has always been coach Kobe’s passion in life, which enabled him to showcase his talents with domestic & international professional organizations. Coach Kobe was invited to trial & train with professional academies such as: Manchester City, Philadelphia Union’s first team & New York Redbulls under coach John Wolyniec. Coach Kobe was granted opportunities to trial & train overseas as well with F.C Levadia of Estonia, and F.C Capetown of South Africa. We are very pleased to welcome coach Kobe and his wealth of playing experience and knowledge of the game into our MKS Program. This will be coach Kobe’s first season coaching with MKS Soccer.

Patrick Auguste
Worked as WSA Coach 2000-03, U9 and U10 Girls, U12 Boys.  Also coaches at Westport YMCA for 3 – 8 year old children.  Certified in Junior Soccer Association Course, Hartford, CT. National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coaching Academy State Diploma. Has played soccer on several semi pro teams in Connecticut. Patrick has been coaching WSA travel team since 2000 and WSA rec clinics since 2003.  Patrick is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach.  Coaching in the MKS organization since 2003.

 

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