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!

Back to the Future! | New PDL Coach

Seahorse team founder Dave Irby is back as the team’s Head Coach. 

A native of Southern California Dave played soccer for the first time on Azusa Pacific University’s first soccer team becoming the team’s Head Coach at the age of twenty-three. After twice earning Coach of the Year Honors Dave became one of the early pioneers of soccer ministry. Dave and soccer ministry teams have crisscrossed the globe sharing Christ in prisons, jungle villages and National Soccer Stadiums. In 1989 His Seahorse team helped unite Uganda after their civil war and Dave and Ambassadors FC helped with the peace process in Sudan. Still working fulltime with Surge International Dave has coached at all levels including the Cascade Surge PDL team in Oregon. Dave and his colleagues are developing the “Peace through Soccer Initiative” in Burundi and refugee ministry in Austria.  He and his wife Susan have three grown children (Nathan & wife Kate in San Diego, CA; Ryan in Santa Monica, CA and Hayley in Portland, OR.)

M.A.T. University of La Verne; B.A. Social Science/Physical Education, Azusa Pacific University