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.

Kam Dosanjh

Kam is a BC Provincial B certified coach.  During his 10 years with Quesnel Youth Soccer Association (QYSA), Kam has worked to enable motivated U9-U18 players to reach their full potential through technical and tactical training.  In addition to his work with QYSA, Kam has assisted with the boys, and coached the girls team representing Northern BC in the BC Summer games.  He has also worked with various regional hi-performance training initiatives.  Kam was an assistant with the University of Northern BC Women’s Soccer program (CIS) from 2013-2015.

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 EPIC 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.

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.