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MICKEY KYDES SOCCER


 

Mickey Kydes Soccer is the coaching organization for our Intramural Tots, Pre-K, and K-2 Programs. 


Mickey Kydes Soccer is dedicated to providing youth soccer players with a top-flight soccer education. We will create a nurturing and supportive environment that will positively shape attitudes such as responsibility, work ethic, leadership and sportsmanship. Our consistent and challenging culture will develop in each player the technical, physical and emotional skills necessary to achieve success both on and off the field.


Directors


Mickey Kydes – Program Director

Mickey Kydes – Program 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. 1984 United States Open Cup Champion and 1986-87 (MISL) Major Indoor Soccer League 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 eighty 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, Estudiantes, 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

Javier Miraballas  – Wilton Rec Tots, PreK, and K-2nd Coaching Director


Javier Miraballes 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 semifinals 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. Coaching in the MKS organization since 2003.


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Wilton Soccer Association

PO Box 311 
Wilton, Connecticut 06897

Email: [email protected]

Wilton Soccer Association

PO Box 311 
Wilton, Connecticut 06897

Email: [email protected]
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