The Seahorses PDL team is part of the United Soccer League (USL), and competes from May to July with playoffs ending in August. Tryouts are typically in February and March. This team not only competes at the highest level of soccer, but also provides a platform for players to step onto the professional soccer stage of the MLS. We have sent players to various MLS teams and other professional clubs around the world. For the most up to date information about schedules, stats, and game locations, please go to "Roster and Schedule."
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More Than Just a PDL Team
Playing for the Seahorses’ PDL team is a different experience from all other PDL teams. Our players compete in one of the toughest divisions of this semi-pro league. Our program is led by A license head coach and assistant coach. While competing at this level our players are trained in sports ministry. This is something new for most. It’s a time of learning that soccer is a great platform to go and use it to be an influential player or coach. This is done with teaching in theory and in a practicum way through clinics, camps, trip to Mexico and other opportunities that the platform of soccer offers. We like to say that we bring soccer players who happen to be Christ-followers and send them out at the end of the season being Christ-followers who happen to play soccer.
Dave Irby, Head Coach
US Soccer A License
The Southern California Seahorses PDL team has literally gone "Back to the Future" as they have named the team's founder Dave Irby (U.S. Soccer "A" License/Master's Degree University of La Verne.) as their new Head Coach.
Since leaving the Seahorses Irby coached at all levels - youth - club - high school - collegiately, and with the Cascade Surge PDL team in Salem, Oregon and has literally crisscrossed the globe to forty countries as an Ambassador for Christ. His Seahorse team helped with reconciliation in Uganda after the civil war and Irby and teams have aided the peace process in Sudan and currently in Burundi; in addition to developing an ongoing soccer project for refugees in Europe. Married to Susan for 33 years, the Irby’s have three grown children.
Chip Fuller, Associate Head Coach
US Soccer A License
Coach Chip Fuller comes to us with an extensive resume of soccer experience. Chip is an “A” license coach. He has college coaching experience as well as competitive youth coaching experience. Chip has been involved with the programs at Concordia University for four years when Concordia won the GSAC Championship twice. He has been involved with the Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer program two years of which one they won the Big West Championship. Chip has 16 years with the youth competitive Strikers program of Irvine and is currently with Pateadores Academy. He personally played while in the US Marine Corps and the University of Notre Dame. Chip is married to his wife Linda and they have six children.
Josh Ayers, SMT Director
Mark Schrock, General Manager
Goal Keeper Coach
Cody was a standout goalkeeper for UCR. Cody is also a standout alumnus of the Seahorse Soccer Team. After "hanging" up his boots Cody has become a successful entrepreneur and businessman. In spite of his busy schedule he still finds time to help coach the Seahorse goalkeepers.
Brett Bentley, Assistant Coach
US Soccer 'C' License
Brett comes to us from Adams St. University (Colorado), where he is the Men's Soccer Coach. He played collegiately at UCR and Corban University. He was the Soccer Director for Northwest University in Eugene, Oregon (2010-2015). This will be the 3rd time he and Coach Irby have worked together.
Kyle is currently the Strikers Girls Director of Coaching Placentia / Yorba Linda. He played collegiately at Concordia Irvine, then went on to start his successful coaching career with several high school and club teams and one season as a Seahorse Assistant.