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