Our Directors have decades of combined experience in using sports to bring hope. Find out more about our story.

David Irby

CEO, Surge International • U.S. Soccer ‘A’ Coaching License; M.A.T. (Teaching), University of La Verne (California) A native of Southern California, Dave played soccer on the first team at Azusa Pacific University. At the age of twenty-three, he became the Cougars Head Coach, twice being named Coach of the Year, while at the same time playing with the Athletes-in-Action soccer team. A pioneer of soccer ministry he has literally crisscrossed the global as a soccer coach, player, and speaker. He was the first coach for the Sports Life team (WA) …

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Allen Lotz

Senior Vice President • B.A. in Liberal Studies & M.S. in Christian Education Al represents Surge International from Rome, Georgia. He has been a career missionary in MK education in the context of cross cultural church planting. He played soccer at Azusa Pacific University (CA) and also with one of the first soccer ministry teams before entering the world of MK education overseas. As teacher, coach and administrator in three different countries on two continents, he brings expertise in organizational leadership, multicultural settings and member care. Using soccer as a …

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