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 two 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.


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 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 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.


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 Oak Bay 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 BC Soccer C Licence.


Avneet Rai

Avneet was born and raised in Surrey but moved to Victoria in 2017 to attend school at the University of Victoria. Currently, she is working towards a major in Recreation & Health Education and minor in Business.  During her youth soccer career, she played for Coastal F.C, four years for Team B.C and currently on the Vikes Women’s soccer team. She has attended five National Championships including; Vaughn, Toronto, Winnipeg, South Surrey, and Thunderbay.  

Avneet has had the opportunity to coach at Fraser Heights Secondary school junior girls, and instruct soccer programs with the City of Surrey, and now Lakehill. She is excited to gain experience from fellow coaches and explore the area of exercise to support her academic interest and passion for soccer. 

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.