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.
TUFC Physiotherapist | Gareth Law
Bio: Gareth has experienced both sides of football having played the game at a professional level and then turning his talents to sports physiotherapy.
Laws signed as a YTS under Youth coach Paul Compton in 1998. He went on to score 47 goals in 49 games in the Youth team, helping them win the South West Youth Alliance League.
Gareth made his first 1st team appearance in a pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic and signed professional terms at the age of 17. His 1st team debut came in a derby match against Exeter City. United were losing 1-0 at the time but came back to score and earn a point.
Laws made a significant contribution to one of United’s greatest escapes from relegation in 2001. He scored the winner in a 1-0 win over Darlington in the lead-up to United clinching survival against Barnet on the final day of that season.
Gareth was released by Roy McFarland in 2002 and spent a season coaching under Frank Prince in the Football in the Community scheme.
While still playing to a high level locally, Laws returned to Plainmoor on July 2nd 2007 under the wing of former TUFC physio, Damian Davey on work experience. Laws then combined working at the Club as a sports therapist with finishing his degree.
An eventful four years was to follow as Gareth worked alongside Davey during the trip to Wembley for the 07/08 FA Trophy Final, the Conference Play-Off win in 2009, and the trip to Old Trafford for the League Two Play-Off Final in 2011.
The day after his last exam Laws was appointed Head of Academy Sports Medicine and Science in 2011, when now TUFC general manager, Geoff Harrop, was the Academy Manager.
Chris Hargreaves, who was TUFC first team manager, appointed Laws as Head of the First Team Medical Department in 2011.
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.