It was a sideline encounter between Azusa Pacific Men's Soccer Coach Dave Irby and Biola University Soccer Coach Tim Conrad that began a relationship that would eventually lead to the founding of the Southern California Seahorse Soccer Team.
Irby had taken his Azusa Pacific Soccer team to Mexicali to the men's and boys' team over spring break and during the summer Conrad
had taken his second Sports Ambassadors, Christian college "all-star" soccer team, on tour.
That next fall just before the "big game" between Irby's Cougars and Conrad
's Eagles Irby remembers going to Conrad and saying "If you take a team on a tour next summer I would like to go with you, I will even go as the 'water boy.'"
concentrated on building MAI's high school tour and soccer camp program and his
fulltime job as a travel agent Irby was working on putting together a professional Christian all-star soccer team to travel to Jordan and Egypt.
After the trip to Egypt and Jordan was cancelled, Irby presented the idea of radically moving away from the "American" theme for MAI, and starting a team under the MAI banner called of course "the Seahorses" and putting them in the color "orange," with MAI founder Tim Conrad.
said "go ahead"...and the Missionary Athletes International
Orange FC Seahorses soccer team, later to become the Southern California Seahorses was born.