Torquay United FC Staff Profiles
Head Coach | Gary Owers
Gary Owers enjoyed a distinguished playing career before moving into the coaching.
He made 320 League appearances for his hometown club, Sunderland FC. He played in the 1992 FA Cup final for the Black Cats.
Owers left Sunderland in 1994 and played for Bristol City (1994-98), Notts County (1998-02), Forest Green Rovers (2002-03), and then joined Bath City in 2003 as player-coach and then 1st team manager.
Spells managing Forest Green Rovers and Western-super-Mare followed before assistant roles at Aldershot Town, Plymouth Argyle, and Gateshead. He returned to the role of manager with his former team Bath City in 2016.
Owers was appointed head coach of Torquay United in September 2017.
Assistant Head Coach | Martin Kuhl
Martin Kuhl made 474 appearances in the Football League for Birmingham City, Sheffield United, Watford, Portsmouth, Derby County, Notts County and Bristol City. He reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1992 with Portsmouth.
He then moved to Hong Kong in 1997 and played for Happy Valley. While there he represented the League in international fixtures against Mexico and Bulgaria.
Kuhl returned to England in 1999 and made further appearances for Farnborough Town, Carshalton Athletic, and Aldershot Town.
He was then appointed assistant manager of Aldershot Town in 2007, and then joined manager Gary Waddock at Wycombe Wanderers.
After leaving Wycombe in 2011, Kuhl went to coach the U18s and U23s at Reading FC, before joining Gary Owers as his assistant at Torquay United in September 2017.
Russell Cleave – Sports Therapist/Kit Manager
Bio: Russell joined the Club in 2011 and is starting his sixth season as sports therapist and his second as kit manager.
He initially joined to treat the players from the Youth Academy, but upon its closure in 2015, Russell joined Club Physio Gareth Law in stepping up to treat the first team.