Coaching Staff
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 Ass. 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
CWCL Head Coach, Academy Development Coach & Socia

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.


Lucy Dawson
CWCL Assistant Coach and Academy Development Coach

I have played for the Women’s Cashmere Technical CWCL team for the last few years and before that progressed through the junior/youth teams. For the last few years I have also coached 12th grade girls teams, 14th grade girls team and academy skills sessions. 

I am very pleased to say that I will be assistant coach of the Women’s CWCL team this year working with Lyle Matthysen.

The club has lots of great things happening this year and I am especially excited to see developments in the Women’s aspect of the club. This starts with growth of our players in our junior and youth teams progressing through and reaching the Women’s teams.

Sophie Hartshaw
Girls TDP Academy Coach

Role: 14s TDP Girls academy team Head Coach

I have played for Tech since I was 5 years old and have loved every minute of it! Currently I play in the Women's Reserves (CWCL) and have been lucky enough to have some game time for our WPL. 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!

Garbhan Coughlan
Director of Football
Luke Tongue
Football Development Officer

Role: Football Development Officer, 

Dan Schwarz
Men's First Team Head Coach
Danny Knight
Goalkeeper Development Officer