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, 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.  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. 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.

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.

Mariel Solsberg

Mariel is entering her second year as head coach for the girls 2004 Vancouver Island Wave team. She started coaching at the age of 14 at a summer soccer camp in Vancouver (where she grew up) and has basically coached ever since. She played for UVIC for five years before she headed over to Denmark, where she played professionally for two years. After returning to Canada, she enrolled in the NCI (National Coaching Institute) where she completed her Advanced Coaching Diploma while she was an assistant coach for Vikes for three years. She has also coached for the Belmont (now Royal Bay) and Dunsmuir Soccer Academies for six years. She has also worked with numerous groups on Vancouver Island including World Cup Soccer, Vikes, EMS Academy, Bays United, Highlanders, Reynolds, and most recently EPIC. This past year she played for Castaways Premier and coached with/for EPIC, Royal Bay Senior Boys and Senior Girls Soccer, Dunsmuir Middle School Academy, Royal Bay Soccer Academy, and the 98/99 Wave Teams. She currently holds her National B License and has aspirations to further her coaching certification.

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.