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Stamford Coach Wins Soccer Honor

Stamford resident Pete Doneit , a coach with the Beachside Premier soccer team, has been named the United State Youth Soccer National Coach of the Year.

Doneit has coached at the Beachside Soccer Club since 2001. In 2010, his under-15 boys team played in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championship finals, missing the opportunity to advance after losing in double overtime against the eventual national champion. His team is currently competing in the U.S. Youth Soccer National League.

Doneit is responsible for Beachside's goalkeeping education, development and training, and is the director for Beachside Juniors. He has led five teams to the U.S. Youth Soccer Connecticut State Championships. Last summer, Pete guided Beachside's Super 20 men's team to the National U-20 semifinals in Chicago. He is working on his USSF "A" License and has completed his NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I and II Licenses.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by US Youth Soccer as National Coach of the Year,' 'Pete said. "However, it is truly because of my players, parents and support of the entire Beachside Soccer organization that this award is even possible. I am extremely lucky to be part of such an exceptional club and am grateful to be around great soccer minds that constantly look to improve and find new ways to educate our players and positively expose them to the game of soccer."

Pete is coaching director for the Old Greenwich/Riverside soccer program and is responsible for all goalkeepers in the Westport and Old Greenwich/Riverside town soccer programs.

The U.S. Youth Soccer Board of Directors selects winners of the Competitive Coach of the Year awards based of sportsmanship, player development, personal coaching development and community involvement.

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