Coaching Staff
Luke Tongue
Football Development Officer

Role: Football Development Officer 

Qualifications: OFC / NZF B License - OFC / NZF Junior Level 3 

Experiences & Background: Played in the National Leagaue for the Wellington Phoenix and Canterbury United more recently in the old National League structure. I have played for Cashmere Technical FC for 4 years now and played 150 times for the Men's First team. I have coached at the club for 3 years and really feel a part of the CTFC family now. Being the Football Development Officer at this club along with playing for the first team drives me to make this club successful and creating the best young footballer we can development.

My goal at this club is the leave it better than I found it - just like our Academy Value. 

Shane Verma
Women's First Team Head Coach

Role: WPL Head Coach

Qualifications:  OFC A-Licence

Experiences: National Women’s League: 3 Years as Canterbury United Pride Asst. Coach, 1 year as Northern Lights Ass. Coach, 1 year as Northern Lights Head Coach.

NTC/National Camps: U14, U15 Men, U14, U15, U16, U20 Women

Background of yourself: I’m very fortunate that I’ve met a lot of great people on my coaching journey, who have helped and mentored me along the way. As a Head Coach I’ve always surrounded myself with people that are full of knowledge and great people. My coaching journey started at Halswell United and spent a few years coaching junior and youth teams, followed by a few of seasons coaching the men’s reserves side.

Following that I joined up at Coastal Spirit with their men’s reserve side, Mainland Football’s FTC programme with the boys. During that time I coached the U17 girls side for one of the South Island Tournaments. What started off as observing a few sessions for Pride eventually led to a role in the backroom staff for three seasons.

During my last two years in Christchurch I joined Waimak United as their FDM and WPL coach. The highlights over those two seasons was winning the U17 National Tournament and the Rita Fitzpatrick. After Waimak, I moved to Northern Football Federation as the Assistant Coach for the Northern Lights, before eventually taking the role of Head Coach. During this time I also worked fulltime as the Player Development Coordinator and Area Manager before eventually joining NZF as the Community Pathway Manager and relocating back to Christchurch.  

Duncan Reed
Women's First Team Assistant Coach and GK Coach

Role: WPL Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach
Qualifications: OFC Goalkeeper C-license
Experiences: Canterbury United Pride Goalkeeper Coach 2014-present, NZ u20 Goalkeeper Coach 2018-present, NZ Football Ferns Goalkeeper Coach 2018-present
Background: I began playing football at a young age and picked the gloves up in my early teens, playing as a goalkeeper for 15 years. While playing, I was also given the opportunity to do some coaching with young goalkeepers and began working with Mainland Football and their goalkeeper academy.My passion for coaching soon became my priority in football, wanting to help others on their footballing journey. I have since worked in many different environments, primarily in the women’s game, beginning as a goalkeeper coach with the Mainland Pride as they were formerly known, then into the WPL as an assistant coach with Waimakiriri United. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to join the NZ u20 women’s coaching staff and travel to the 2018 Women’s World Cup and onto the Football Ferns. I have met many great people on my coaching journey and they have provided me the opportunity to keep giving back to the game, which I hope to keep doing for years to come.

Lyle Matthysen
Academy Development Coach & Head of Social Media

Role: CWCL Coach, Academy Development Coach & Social Media 

Qualifications: Junior Level 1, 2 & 3

Experiences: I’ve been coaching at the club for 3 years now. 

In 2020 I took a First Kicks team with Sam Field then moved on to coach the CWCL team.

Background of yourself: I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. My family and I moved here in 2004. I attended Beckenham Primary then moved on to Cashmere High school. 

I played for Cashmere Wanderers before moving to Woolston Technical.


Sophie Hartshaw
Girls TDP Academy Coach

Role: 16s TDP Girls academy team Head Coach

I have played for Tech since I was 5 years old and have loved every minute of it! Over the past four years I have coached a range of Girls Teams from 10th-14th Grade for CTFC. Recently I have been given the opportunity to Assist Coaching our Girls Under 17s Auckland Tournament Team. For several years I have also helped to coach our Academy Development Programme. I've completed a number of Junior and Youth Coaching Qualifications and am currently working on completing my OFC C License. I am super excited for the opportunity to take our first Girls Academy Team this season and hope to inspire and support the girls in their football development pathways. TFL!

Chloe Bellamy
Admin Assistant and Girls TDP Academy Coach

Role:, Academy Development and Girls TDP Coach,  Social Media and Admin Assistant 

I am 20 years old. I have played football since I was 4. I grew up in West Auckland and moved to Christchurch in September 2022 to play for the Canterbury Pride in the National Women’s League. I have been involved in the NZ U20’s cycle. I am interested in health and fitness and really enjoy going to the gym. I have my personal training certificate and worked in a gym for 6 months before moving to Christchurch.

Jacob (JJ) Richards
TDP Coach, Administration Assistant, Social Media

Jacob (JJ) Richards

Role: TDP Coach, Administration Assistant, Social Media Assistant

Qualifications: Bachelor of Sports Coaching, NZF JL3, NZF C-license

Experience: Coaching for 6 years now. I have worked with a range of age groups ranging from pre schools all the way up to senior high school students. I’ve coached at the CTFC Academy development program over the last 3 years.
I am the current head coach of our 13s Boys TDP team, and the head coach of the St Andrew’s First XI.

Background: I’ve been involved in football for just over 15 years, where I started playing at the age of 7. I was a part of the Canterbury United Dragon’s Men’s first team for 5 years, and have been involved with the Tech Men’s first team for 3 years now.
I got into coaching during year 12 at high school, and have loved every minute of it. Having gained my JL3 and C-License qualifications helped me to continue my coaching development. This has led to a part time role at CTFC, and close to a full time role in football!

My goal through coaching is to help people develop not only their football technique and knowledge, but to become better people both on and off the pitch!

Sam O'Neill
Head of Strength and Conditioning

Role: High Performance and Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach

Qualifications: BSci – University of Canterbury, GradDip Sport & Exercise Science – Ara Institute of Canterbury

Experiences: Canterbury United Pride Strength & Conditioning Coach 2018-Present

Background: I began my journey in football playing as a young child. After playing all the way through school and developing a passion for the game I found myself away from the sport for around 10 years after finding success in volleyball. I followed that pathway, both playing and coaching for around 15 years. After struggling with injuries, I began the journey of Sport and Exercise Science and Strength and Conditioning with a particular goal of helping athletes handle the rigors of sports.

After finishing my studies, I found myself thankfully back in the game of football as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Canterbury United Pride where I have been for the last 5 years. I feel privileged to join the CTFC family and aim to help build an environment that fosters a player-first focus for health and performance.