Welcome Back! Todd Elkins PDL Coach for 2018

Welcome Back!

Todd Elkins PDL Coach for 2018


After a four year hiatus, the So Cal Seahorses are glad to welcome back as their head coach, Todd Elkins. Todd left the Seahorses to coach both the men and women’s programs at Biola University. He has been able to relinquish his women’s head coach responsibilities to now only coach the men’s program.

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Coach Elkins comes with a formidable record as a player and as a coach. His playing days had him at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he earned All-American honors. Post college days had Todd playing for the Charlotte Eagles USL winning the championship in 2000. He then helped get the PDL program started for the Seahorses as a player from 2001-2004. He then took over the head coaching position from 2005-2013.

The Seahorses are a unique PDL program in that we incorporate our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. One of the experiences our players have is going to Mexico where they get to put into practice what they are taught in using their soccer abilities for the Lord. Todd has been to 25 countries on mission’s trips which brings with


COACH ELKINS THRU HIS YEARS WITH THE SEAHORSES

TODD AS PDL PLAYER IN MEXICO ALONGSIDE PAUL SHEDD

TODD AS PDL PLAYER IN MEXICO ALONGSIDE PAUL SHEDD

TODD COACHING @ SEAHORSE SOCCER CAMPS

TODD COACHING @ SEAHORSE SOCCER CAMPS

TODD AS PDL COACH

TODD AS PDL COACH

2018 PDL Team Tryouts

2018 PDL Team - Tryouts

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Come prepared to be seen by our coaching staff. We want this to be a positive experience for you and proper preparation will certainly help. We look forward to seeing your game and confirm if it is in line with the level of soccer we are looking for our 2018 PDL season.

https://maisoccer.wufoo.com/forms/2018-seahorse-pdl-player-application/ 

Date:  December 16, 2017 / Times: 1-4 PM / Cost: $50

LOCATION: BIOLA UNIVERSITY

 

JAPAN 2017 RECAP

Seahorse Soccer Women’s Japan Outreach 2017 (July 6-22nd)

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                The Seahorses Soccer Club took a team to Japan for the 22nd consecutive year. This year we had the privilege of working in three locations.  We partnered with the Iwata Christ Church in Iwata (south of Tokyo) for five days where we played against the local Shizuoka Sangyo University club.  After witnessing some beautiful soccer we played the second ½ in a mixed manner.  Following the game we had incredible fellowship, games, & food back at the host church with Pastor Hasui.  The next day we put on a clinic & played against a top local Jr. Hi Boys club.  This club has decided to respond to the long-term relationship & our visits by coming to the USA (LA next August) where we will host them on “our turf”. 

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                Following our time in Iwata we traveled south to Osaka where we partnered with the Japan Seahorse Soccer Club that has been growing for the past 8 years..  Masa & Chie Yokota have about 55 young kids.  This club also has now brought teams to LA where we have hosted them twice.  One of the highlights was visiting a local elementary School where we were taken on a tour of all 20 classes by the principal.  They have invited us to come onto campus and do a clinic at their school next year.

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                Last but not least, we ended out tour by providing a four day camp for 75 US Military children.  Due to the heat we were indoors in the gym.  Following each day of camp we had a time of chapel & skits where we were able to share the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.  After eating at the Mess  Hall with the Marines, we traveled off base to play a local Japanese University and of course eat & fellowship with them.  As a result of that exchange, a professor presented Paul Gizzi with a letter from the Mayor and the opportunity to bring the Seahorse team to his hometown next year to do clinics for all the elementary &Jr. High schools.  They even want to host us. 

The soccer is excellent in Japan and quite technical.  What a great way to share the GOOD NEWS through “the beautiful game”  called Soccer.  We are already takingapplications for NEXT YEAR’S JAPAN OUTREACH. 

We have coaches lined up, team mom’s, several players  & are planning to take this trip in the early & middle of July. If you know of any interested, go ONLINE & register at www.seahorsesoccer.com , you can CHECK OUT the trip on our BLOGSITE:   http://seahorsesinjapan.blogspot.com/ or Contact Paul Gizzi:  Paul.gizzi@seahorsesoccer.com

SEAHORSE PDL - MORE THAN JUST A SOCCER TEAM

Check out our new video. Playing PDL with Seahorses is more than just a soccer team. 

Seahorse Soccer has been apart of the USL Premiere Developmental League since 2001. Each season they aim to compete at a high level, while also creating "more than just a soccer team" for their players experience. God Glorified, Lives Changed, through the game of soccer.

For more information on this team, contact Mark Schrock at mark.schrock@seahorsesoccer.com

Videographer / Editor: Brandon Peterson (bpetersenauthor@gmail.com)

Seahorse Firework Stand!

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Buying Fireworks for the 4th?! Come to our stand! 

We are located on the corner of Imperial Highway & La Mirada Blvd. in the parking lot near Home Depot. A portion of the proceeds go to Seahorse Soccer. We appreciate your support via fireworks on the 4th! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

 

Home Game - July 1st, 7pm @ BIOLA University

Home Game vs. Burlingame Dragons
July 1st, 7pm @ BIOLA University

This Saturday, July 1, our PDL team takes on the Burlingame Dragons at the friendly confines of Biola University. Only two points separates these two teams in the standings! At 5 PM the LMSA coaches will play a preliminary game against the Seahorses. 7 PM kick off! Hope to see you there!

CAMPS IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! FIRST UP: PASADENA JUNE 12-16

FIRST CAMP IS JUNE 12TH-16TH AT
MARANATHA HIGH SCHOOL, REGISTER NOW! 


Attention PASADENA area Seahorse friends! We will once again be at Maranatha High School but this year we will be adding afternoon SWIMMING for full-day campers. So, join us for quality soccer instruction from our licensed coaches, lunches in the school cafeteria and now, swimming to finish out the day. Register online HERE or call us with your questions at 714.739.8375.  

Seahorses is proud to announce new Sponsor - Trilogy Financial!

Seahorses is thrilled to announce their new corporate sponsor with Trilogy Financial


PDL GM, Mark Schrock, stands with President of Trilogy Financial, Jeff Motske, while holding the new away jersey with Trilogy sponsorship. 

PDL GM, Mark Schrock, stands with President of Trilogy Financial, Jeff Motske, while holding the new away jersey with Trilogy sponsorship. 

Southern California Seahorses is proud to announce their new 2017 PDL Corporate Sponsor, Trilogy Financial. Trilogy Financial and Southern California Seahorses have come to an agreement making Trilogy Financial the official away jersey sponsor for the upcoming 2017 Men's PDL Season.  

"We are extremely excited, and grateful, for this new addition to the Seahorse family," says Interim Seahorse Office Director and PDL GM Mark Schrock. "We feel the values, principles, and integrity of Trilogy Financial and its leadership team compliments the mission and values of Southern California Seahorses" 

Out of humble beginnings, Trilogy Financial became one of the fastest growing companies in the financial services industry and today services over $2 billion is assets through the advice of over 150 advisors in 11 regional centers. They have offices in Santa Barbara, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Denver, Boston, and everywhere in between. Trilogy’s core values of "Truth, Resilience, Integrity, Love, Optimism, Goal-Centered, and You" has made Trilogy Financial a company whose existence is grounded in its relationships: with its advisors, its clients, its partner professionals and its business associates from throughout the industry.

Trilogy Financial Founder & CEO Jeff Motske, who was a former collegiate baseball player at Vanguard University,  believes there is extreme value in sports and how it can positively impact an individuals life. When adding the faith component to it, you truly get an experience that is life changing. 

"The combination of Sports and what it builds in an individual's life, paired with faith as a foundation, is an invaluable experience to that individuals life"- Founder & CEO Jeff Motske


Southern California Seahorses, a division of Missionary Athletes International, owns and operates a Men's Soccer Minor League Team, which competes in the Premier Development League ( PDL), the fourth tier of American soccer competition behind Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League. For up to date information, the full season schedules, and Youth Camp locations this summer, visit seahorsesoccer.com

If you would like more information about Trilogy Financial, and the many services they provide, you can visit their website at https://www.trilogyfs.com/ to learn more. 

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PDL Alumnus Lands Head Coaching Position

Patrick "Paddy" Höpp, Seahorse Alumni Seahorse PDL 2015-2016

Patrick "Paddy" Höpp, Seahorse Alumni
Seahorse PDL 2015-2016

Paddy during his player years at ONU

Paddy during his player years at ONU

For the last two seasons the Seahorses were privileged to have on their roster Patrick “Paddy”  Hoepp. Paddy joined us after attending Olivet Nazarene University in the Chicago area where he had a very successful soccer career. Paddy is originally from Germany where he developed his high skills in the game. His time with us was a blessing to those of us who got to be around him. This past season he went to Robert Morris University to be a “Grad Assistant”. He is in the middle of getting an MBA and part of his time there was spent in helping coach the men’s soccer program. As circumstances changed in the program, Paddy was just offered the promotion to “Associate Head Coach.” The saying says “The cream rises to the top.” Paddy has shown his excellent qualities and now is in a position to lead young men not much younger than him! Our prayers and best wishes are with Paddy in this challenge and endeavor!

PDL Schedule 2017

PDL Schedule 2017 is live! We hope to see you at all our home matches played at BIOLA University. See you there! 

Excited to partner with BIOLA University for 2017 season, all home games will be played at BIOLA University (13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639). Come out and enjoy high leveled soccer in a family friendly environment, with concessions, half time shows, and raffles. We'll see you there! 

For more information visit our PDL page. 

 

Looking for PDL Host Families!

PDL SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Will you help us by hosting one or two of our out of town players?!

Our players come from different parts of the country with varied backgrounds. But they have two things in common. They are high quality players who come to play at a high level and learn how to better use their God given talents. Our players mostly range from 19-26 years old. The heartbeat of the So Cal Seahorses  ministry is to train and equip players not only for soccer but for life outside the game through a strong foundation in their relationship with God. A player's experience on our teams sends them out better equipped to love God and serve others.

The schedule ranges from May 1st through mid-July. Host families make it possible for our out of town players to join us in La Mirada. Hosting a player means providing an environment that will encourage and strengthen their experience as a So Cal Seahorse player. Year after year, families from the area have welcomed our players into their homes. That experience has not only impacted players but has equally impacted the host family.

Will you host a player? Please contact us at 714-739-5060 and ask for Mark.

PDL Tryouts | February 25, 2017

PDL Tryouts | February 25, 2017

Seahorses will be holding their second round of PDL Tryouts on February 25, 2017 at BIOLA University at 5-7pm. Requirements: application and fee. To complete application and play the fee visit https://maisoccer.wufoo.com/forms/2017-seahorse-pdl-player-application/ or email Head Coach dave.irby@seahorsesoccer.com

Seahorses Welcome New LA Office Leader: Kelly Warner

Kelly Warner | New Office Leader

Kelly Warner | New Office Leader

We are pleased to announce that Kelly Warner has accepted the position of LA Office Director for MAI.  Kelly will be taking the position that Paul Gizzi held for nearly 25 years and that Mark Schrock has filled on an interim basis for the last several months.  Kelly is expected to start in January 2018.

Kelly comes to us from Whittier Area Community Church where he has held the position of Sports/Men’s Pastor for 15 years. His responsibilities there included promoting, maintaining and managing the WACC sports leagues comprised of over 600 youth; recruiting and training volunteers; fundraising, managing the sports office staff and performing pastoral responsibilities. Kelly increased the sports league membership by 200% and recruited over 1000 volunteers during his tenure. Kelly will continue in his position with WACC while he goes through his support-raising process. Mark Schrock will continue to act as the LA Office Director until Kelley assumes his position in January. 

Kelly’s involvement with the LA office and the Seahorses goes back over 20 years when he participated on a Seahorses Japan outreach tour and played on the Seahorses amateur team for three years. He has participated on other outreach tours to Malawi and Sweden with other sports organizations. Kelly is an active member of Whittier Area Community Church.

Kelly is a graduate of Rio Hondo College with a degree in Fire Science. Kelly is a trained firefighter and licensed EMT. Kelly lives with his wife, Stephanie and three children, in Whittier, CA.

Please join us in welcoming Kelly to MAI!