Varsity Coaching Staff
Head Coach / Quarterbacks
Coach Lalji is entering his 26th year of coaching BC High School Football, his 11th as a varsity head coach. He was recently named New Westminster’s Citizen of the Year for 2012 and
for the second time was named runner up for the NFL National High School Coach of the Year (also in 2004). Lalji was also named 2010 Provincial Scholastic Coach of the Year at the BC Lions Orange Helmet Awards.
Prior to launching the NWSS football program, Lalji spent two years as an assistant coach at Vancouver College, and from 1987 to 2000, he coached at Burnaby Central HS. He is an NCCP Level III certified coach and has been a guest coach at UBC, along with
numerous camps in Canada and the USA. Lalji has coached over 40 players that have gone on to play college football. Lalji is a graduate of SFU and played football at Burnaby Central HS and with the Vancouver Meralomas (BCFC). He is also the
past-president of the BCSSFA and is currently employed as a national reporter for TSN and CTV. Lalji, his wife Mary, son Lukas and daughter Nora live in New Westminster.
JV Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Coach Oatway is in his 10th season of coaching with the Hyacks, and his seventh as JV Head Coach. He is also a certified personal trainer and runs the Hyacks off-season strength and conditioning program. He has also been a coach at both the UBC and SFU football camps.
A product of the Kamloops HS football program, he was also an outstanding linebacker at the University of British Columbia. Along the way, he also played at Reidley College (CA) and with the Abbotsford Airforce (BCFC). Oatway is a graduate of UBC with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and is a teacher at NWSS.
He and his wife Jenn live in New Westminster.
Varsity Defensive Coordinator
Coach Uttley begins his 2nd season as a high school teacher and coach at NWSS, after spending the past 14 years as a university coach, most recently as the Head Coach at McGill University for 3 seasons (2012-2014). He spent 7 years total at McGill, following stops at Acadia and UBC where he held defensive and special teams coordinator roles. Clint has also been a guest coach at training camps with several teams in the CFL, most notably the Toronto Argonauts (2003, 2005 and 2008) and Calgary Stampeders (2011). He played collegiately at Acadia (1996 to 2000) where he was a four-year starter and team captain in his final two seasons. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in 2000, followed by an education degree (2004) and a master's degree in education (2011). Clint lives in White Rock with his wife Katie.
Coach "Mac" is entering his 21st year of coaching, his eleventh at NWSS. In 2012, he took over as Offensive Coordinator. His first ten years were spent as an assistant at Burnaby Central, including three years as offensive coordinator.
He is an NCCP Level II certified coach and has been a staff coach at the Western Canadian All-Star football camp. He played football at Burnaby Central and with the Vancouver Trojans (BCFC). McKechnie has a Bachelor of Technology degree from BCIT and is currently employed as a
database analyst for Trapeeze Software. He and his wife Stacey, daughter Olivia and stepdaughter Justine live in Coquitlam
JV Head Coach, Running Backs
Coach Sikorski begins his fourth full season of coaching, after joining the Hyacks staff in three previous seasons in late-October. He spent the 2009 season playing LB at UBC after spending a season as an RB in the BCFC. Sikorski played at NWSS in 2006 and 2007.
He had an outstanding senior season, earning Provincial all-star honors at LB and being named Defensive Player of the Year in the AAA Western Conference. Sikorski is currently a student at Douglas College and lives in Vancouver.
Coach Randall begins his second full season of coaching, after joining the Hyacks staff in two previous seasons in late-October. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons starting along the offensive line at UBC after playing at Queens from 2007 to 2010.
Randall played at Seaquam HS in 2005 and 2006 leading the team to the Provincial AA title his senior season. He was also a provincial all-star and scholarship recipient that year. Randall is currently a teacher in the Surrey School District.