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WSA TRAVEL PROGRAM DIRECTORS  - 2021/2022.        

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 2021/2022

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 Red & U10GG
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.

Fabrizio Obregon - U11 Girls White
Bio forthcoming

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 – U12 Girls White
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.

Alvin Charlery - U12 Girls Red & U13 Girls Blue
Born in St. Lucia. Alvinattended the University of Bridgeport where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education. He holds the USSF “A” coaching license. Coach Alvin is a former Greens Farms Academy girls varsity head coach. He is also a poet and a recording artist. Coached in MKS program in the early 2000’s for 4 years and we are happy Alvin is rejoining in the MKS organization.

Barry Beattie - U14/15 Girls 
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 eight years, Beattie has quickly risen up the ranks of youth coaches in the Fairfield County area to Staples High School GIrls Soccer Head Coach.  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.

 
Jemay Arias - U9 Boys Gold & U9 Boys Silver
Bio forthcoming

Peter Dorgai – U9 Boys Red & U10 Boys Red
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. 


Rodrigo Libanori – U11  Boys White
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.


Elisee Joseph - U12 Boys Blue & U19 Boys 

Elisee attended Stamford High School where he was 3 year varsity starter. In the summer before his sophomore year he competed in the Gothia and Tivoli Cups in Europe. In 2001, Elisee attended Elms College where he was a 4 year starter and helped his team win a North Atlantic Conference championship during his freshman year. Graduated from Elms College with a major in business management and minor in marketing in 2005. In the fall of 2008, Elisee became the varsity assistant coach at King Low Heywood High School in Stamford. For the past 2 years Elisee has been the varsity assistant coach at New Canaan High School helping lead the team to the State Championship for the 2010 season. He was most recently the Head Coach for the Staples High School freshman soccer team in Westport.  Elisee is a United States Soccer Federation ‘F’ licensed coach. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2011. 


Bardhyl Limani
– U12 Boys White 
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.

Fabio de OliveiraU13 Boys Blue
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.


Chris Flaherty - U14/15 Boys Blue

Chrisrecently finished his first season with Staples boys high school program, he is also in his third season as an assistant coach with the University of Bridgeport women’s soccer program and his first season with the UB men’s program. During his time with UB he has had success becoming an NCAA National Champion in 2018. Previously he has worked with Westhill girls program winning a state championship and the Darien boys program finishing as an FCIAC and State finalist.Coach Flaherty recently finished his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Sport Management from Mitchell College in New London, Conn.Originally from Liverpool, England, Flaherty holds level 1 & 2 badges from the English Football Association and Advanced National Diploma from United Soccer Coaches. At Mitchell, Flaherty had a successful playing career and was team captain in two of his seasons. He also earned All National first and second team recognition. He currently coaches for CFC. He is the owner of Kickerz (KKZ) Soccer Coaching company and a Director for FC New England, a summer program taking playing to compete in Sweden at the Gothia Cup.





 

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