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, working with the Calgary boys team at the 2010 Alberta Summer Games, before his final stop in Calgary as a head coach at South West United. Upon arriving in 2012 to Victoria, Joshua began working with the Victoria Highlanders FC Academy – where he was the Academy Manager between 2014-15 - before joining the Lakehill S.A. technical staff in 2013. Joshua also coached with both Vic West Division 1 men and the Gorge S.A. technical staff for two years, as well as with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Island Academy and the EPIC Academy, before taking on the role of Technical Director of Lakehill and completing the National B Licence certification in 2015.


Amelia Ng

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Amelia started coaching when she was 16. Over the years, she has coached with Fusion FC and Burnaby Girls Soccer in Vancouver, as well as with Kwantlen University, and is now a head coach of two Vancouver Island Wave teams.  Amelia is passionate about working with young athletes because she loves seeing their development path and enjoyment of being on the field. She is now currently pursuing her second Bachelors degree at Camosun College, studying Athletic and Exercise Therapy, and completed her National B Licence in 2017. She is hoping to continue with her career coaching while working as an Athletic Therapist when she graduates.


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 also coaches with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy Centre, and completed his BC Soccer C Licence in 2017.


Lyle Eggen

Lyle began with the Lakehill Soccer Association back in 2014 and is excited to continue and help develop young players with both the boys and girls program. Originally from Prince George, BC, he has completed a B.Comm, Marketing at the University of Northern British Columbia - where he also played for the UNBC Timberwolves. Lyle currently holds positions with Lakehill Soccer Association, JDF Soccer Association, Whitecaps FC Development Program, & the High Performance League with the Lower Island Soccer Association.


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 and JDF 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. While Michael focuses on coaching, he will be playing for Lakehill U21 and is looking forward to a great season.


Christian Hauff

Born and raised in Victoria, Christian started his coaching career in 2013 with Juan de Fuca Soccer Association, coaching youth soccer from U4-U13. Playing youth soccer with Juan de Fuca and Gorge FC, Christian was also involved with the Victoria Highlanders FC Academy as well as with EPIC and JDF U21. After graduating youth soccer, Christian continues to coach with JDF and has joined the Lakehill technical staff this year. Christian is currently enrolled in the ‘Recreation and Health Education Program’ at the University of Victoria and will look to continue to advance his coaching certifications this year while playing for Lakehill’s U21 men’s team.


Katie Kraeutner

Katie grew up on Vancouver Island, and started playing at the Peninsula Soccer Association before moving on to the Metro league with Lower Island soccer. She went on to play with the Victoria Highlanders, BC provincial team, U20 Canadian national team, and then spent 4 years playing NCAA Division I soccer at the University of Nebraska. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Katie went on to play professionally. She has coaching experience with the Victoria Highlanders, EPIC, the University of Nebraska, and ÍBV youth academy in Iceland. Katie recently just finished her first professional season, and will be headed back to Iceland in 2018 to continue her professional playing career.


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.