Torquay United FC Staff Profiles

Gary Johnson – First Team Manager

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Bio: There was surprise and delight in equal measure amongst United’s fan base at the appointment of Gary Johnson’s in September 2018, and his impact was immediate. Three wins and three draws preceded a record-breaking ten match winning streak, which lifted the club up from 14th into 1st place. Under his guidance they remained there for the majority of the season, before finally clinching the National League South title, and with it promotion, in April 2019.

Aaron Downes – Assistant First Team Manager

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Bio: Aaron returned to Plainmoor in December 2018 to take on the role of Assistant Manager. As a player, Downes made over 100 appearances for the club between 2012-2015, and was named Player of the Season for 2012/13.  He then became Gary Johnson’s first signing as manager of Cheltenham Town in 2015, becoming an integral part of the Robins’ National League title-winning squad.

Peter Johnson – Head of Recruitment

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Bio: Pete has worked with brother Gary at every one of his former teams, including at Cheltenham Town, where he helped rebuild a squad of players that returned to the Football League at the first time of asking.

Chris Todd – Head of Youth

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Bio: Todd returned to United to join the club’s youth department in September 2019. His appointment will see him maintain his role at South Devon College, further strengthening the links between the two parties.

Ken Griffiths – Goalkeeper Coach

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Bio: Having previously served the Club as both a player and a coach, Ken made a welcome return to Plainmoor in the summer of 2021.

Louie Birkenshaw – Video Analyst

Bio: Louie arrived at Plainmoor in early 2019 and played his part in the club’s National League South title success.

Russell Cleave – Sports Therapist/Kit Manager

Bio: Russell joined the Club in 2011 initially as sports therapist, before combining this position with the role of kit manager.

Kai Hepworth – Head of Medical

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Bio: Kai was confirmed as the new Head of Medical in July 2019, having previously worked with Gary Johnson at Cheltenham Town.

Ryan Scholes – Sports Therapist

Bio: Having recently joined the Torquay United Football Club staff, Ryan is now a key member of Gary Johnson’s backroom team.

Dr. Vivek Kulkarni – Club Doctor

Bio: Having previously served the Club, Vivek made a welcome return to Plainmoor in the summer of 2021.