Technical Staff

Joshua Hart

Originally from the Caribbean island of Tobago, Joshua began his coaching in Canada with CalGlen Soccer Club in 2010 as the Calgary club’s academy head coach. He then moved to Calgary West Soccer Club as a head coach, and was also part of the Calgary Minor Soccer Association technical staff. Joshua was the assistant coach of the Calgary boys team at the 2010 Alberta Summer Games, before joining South West United to be the head coach of two Tier 1 teams.

Upon arriving in 2012 to Victoria, Joshua began working with the Victoria Highlanders FC Academy - where he was the Academy Manager between 2014-15 - and joined the Lakehill S.A. technical staff in 2013. He was the head coach of the Vic West Division 1 men's team from 2013-2015, and a Gorge S.A. technical staff coach from 2014-2016, as well as a head coach with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Island Academy and the EPIC Academy. Joshua completed the CSA National B Licence certification in May 2015, and took on the Technical Director role at Lakehill a few months later. In November 2019, Joshua completed the Advanced Coaching Diploma, which is the most extensive multisport training program offered by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in Canada, and in July 2021 achieved Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) designation from the Coaching Association of Canada.

 

Derek DeGroot

Born and raised in Victoria, Derek has been a member of the Lakehill Soccer Association technical staff since 2015. Derek currently plays for Vic West FC in the VISL Division 1 and has previously played for Victoria United, the Victoria Highlanders, and the University of Alberta Golden Bears. Derek has also coached with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy Centre, and completed his BC Soccer C Licence in 2017.

 

Michael Veenema

Originally from Ontario, Michael was raised in Victoria from the age of three. Playing his youth soccer with Juan De Fuca, Michael found outside training through the Highlanders FC academy and later with EPIC, JDF U21 and captaining Lakehill U21. After graduating from youth soccer, Michael stayed with EPIC transitioning from player to coach. Michael hopes to further improve his coaching certifications in the next year while also studying physical education at UVIC.

 


Kieran Large

Born and raised in Victoria, this is Kieran’s first year as a member of the Lakehill Soccer Association technical staff. A Lakehill player for a good portion of his youth career, Kieran currently plays for Vic West in the VISL Div 1 and has previously played for UBC Okanagan and the Victoria Highlanders. Kieran also coaches for the EPIC academy and is in the process of acquiring his coaching certificates while attending UVic.

 


Madison Ashcroft

Madison was born and raised in Campbell River, but moved to Victoria in 2016 to attend school at Camosun College. She has always grown up loving to watch and play soccer, but would not discover coaching until after her career with Track and Field was over. Madison has had the opportunity to coach at the Whitecaps FC Academy Centre, the Vancouver Island Wave, and now Lakehill. She is excited to continue learning from fellow coaches as she works towards pursuing her coaching certifications.

 


Eric Dunn

Eric has been coaching at Lakehill for more than a decade, completing his BC Soccer C License in 2018.  Eric has coached Silver, Gold, VIPL, and Premier Women's teams. His teams have made it to the Provincials, and have won a number of A and B cups. Eric earned the "Coach of the Year" award in 2017.  Although Eric's teams have found success, his coaching philosophy is focused on player growth and development. He thoroughly enjoys learning, watching, and playing the game of soccer and loves sharing this experience with his players. Before coaching became a passion, Eric was a professional foosball (table soccer) player, and was Canada's highest ranked player for more than 15 years. He has represented Canada at 4 World Cups of Table Soccer and numerous international events all over the world.  He hopes to bring that same passion, focus, and enjoyment of learning to coaching the game of soccer. Eric's favourite coach is Marcelo Bielsa, and is an avid supporter of both Leeds and Manchester United.


Dima Maksymiv

Dima was born and raised in Ukraine, and played intermediate-level soccer in middle, high school and partially in university. Dima won awards as the best player and highest scorer in local tournaments, and was a youth coach for 2 years back in his hometown. Dima moved to Victoria in 2012 and studied at Camosun College, graduating with a Bachelor of Sport and Fitness Leadership, specializing in Exercise & Wellness and has ‘British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists’ certification. Dima has a huge passion for soccer, and enjoys playing, watching, and analyzing soccer games. He joined Lakehill in January 2021 as an internship student and is eager to learn and develop new skills, always open to new challenges. Dima wants to be a role model coach for Lakehill players, and is in the process of completing his soccer certification this year. 


Kieren Erickson

Kieren was born in Massachusetts and moved to B.C. aged 10, eventually heading to Victoria to study at the University of Victoria with a focus on Sports Psychology and motivation. Kieren has played soccer his entire life, namely with Langley United, Surrey United BCPL, FC Tigers Rhino, TSS academy, and mostly recently has been playing for Westcastle FC in the VISL Division 1.


Neil Sedgwick

Neil is the co-founder and Director of Youth Development for the EPIC Academy, and is also the Women's head coach at the University of Northern British Columbia. Sedgwick spent the last seven years prior to his return in April 2011 as head coach of The University of Montana women’s soccer program. Prior to this, he spent two years as The University of North Dakota's Head Coach, then three years as the Associate Head Coach at The University of Southern California.

While in the US, Neil added USSF (United States Soccer Federation) 'A' Licence certification to the Canadian Soccer Association 'A' Licence and Level Five certification.  He then went on to coach at the Olympic Development Program (ODP) level in both Southern California and Montana and was called upon in all three states (ND, CA, MT) to be part of their coach education programs.

Following his graduation from the National Coaching Institute - Victoria (1996) and his Masters of Education (Coaching Studies) from the University of Victoria, Neil returned to Halifax to assist Neil Turnbull, then the head coach of the Canadian national team, with Dalhousie University's women's team, which led to him becoming part of the national women's team staff for the next three years.


During this time, Neil returned to British Columbia and took on the position of Head Coach/Director of the Upper Island Regional Soccer Center based out of Nanaimo for two years. A native of Sackville, Nova Scotia, Neil was a three time CIAU (Now CIS) All Canadian (once at Saint Mary's University and twice at Dalhousie University), and was selected fifth overall in the 1990 CSL (Canadian Soccer League) draft by the Winnipeg Fury.  He continued his career in the CSL by playing for his home-town team the Nova Scotia Clippers and later the Montreal Supra.