Manager: Gary Locke
Gary Locke became Raith Rovers manager on 20th May 2016, signing a two-year contract with the club.
He is a UEFA Pro licensed coach and has more than 25 years experience in top flight football as a player, coach and manager. After a successful playing career as captain with Hearts and Kilmarnock and a spell in the English Premier League with Bradford City, his coaching career started with Kilmarnock back in 2008, before he was identified for a first team coaching role with Hearts. It was there he assisted Paolo Sergio as Hearts won the Scottish Cup in 2012.
Gary was then promoted to Hearts’ first team manager in 2013 stepping into the role following John McGlynn’s departure from Tynecastle. Gary was operating under very difficult circumstances at Hearts when the club entered into Administration and were subsequently deducted 15 points sealing their relegation. Gary left Hearts for a new challenge in 2014, returning to former club Kilmarnock as assistant to Allan Johnston, before replacing him as first team manager in 2015.
Assistant Manager: Darren Jackson
Darren joined Rovers on 25th May 2015. He is a UEFA A Licence holder and was latterly First Team Coach for Dundee United under Jackie MacNamara. In that role he worked alongside Simon Donnelly in all aspects of match preparation, carried out detailed opposition analysis and delivered varied training sessions. He also specialised in coaching strikers and there is glowing testimony as to his coaching abilities from players such as Nadir Ciftci, and Ryan Gauld. Notably he also helped develop Simon Murray, Ryan Dow, Stuart Armstrong, Gary Mackay-Steven and Andy Robertson into the players they have become.
As a player with several clubs, among them Newcastle Utd, Dundee Utd, Hibernian, Celtic and Hearts, his career saw him also gain 28 Scotland caps, scoring 4 goals.
Head Coach of Player Development Squad: Craig Easton
Craig’s professional playing career started at the age of 17, spending 9 years with Dundee United making over 200 appearances for the Tannadice club. He joined Livingston in 2004 spending a season with the West Lothian club before moving south to join Leyton Orient. He stayed 2 seasons and made 71 appearances before joining Swindon Town in 2007 where he reunited with Paul Sturrock. In 2010 he moved to Southend United and a year later moved to Dunfermline in August 2011. He joined Torquay United in June 2012 and went on to make 21 appearances.
Craig is a UEFA A Licenced coach and has good experience of developing young players at Torquay United’s academy and preparing them to join the senior ranks. Craig is described by former colleagues as the ultimate professional and we are sure he will be an excellent role model for our Player Development Squad.
Goalkeeping Coach: Wayne Henderson
Wayne was brought to Raith Rovers by Craig Levein in 2006. His previous playing experience had been as a striker for Newburgh and St. Andrews Utd at junior level. Wayne got into goalkeeping coaching through ex-Dundee keeper Paul Mathers. He helped coach the youth keepers at both Dundee and Dundee Utd. Wayne also has experience coaching the Scottish Women’s team. Wayne became an integral part of John McGlynn’s backroom staff and carried that on under Grant Murray, Ray McKinnon and now Gary Locke. Although he grew up as a Dundee fan, Wayne has now been to a Scottish Cup semi-final with Rovers, lifted the Ramsden’s cup and is firmly now a Rovers fan.
Club Doctor: James Parris
Dunfermline GP James joined Rovers in summer 2015.
The popular Bermudan came to Scotland to study medicine at Aberdeen before moving to Fife with his family and provides medical cover at home matches.
Club Doctor: Katy Green
Katy studied medicine at Dundee University before returning home to Edinburgh.
She currently works for NHS Fife as an orthopaedic registrar. Katy previously played rugby for Scotland Women and has worked with the Scottish Rugby Union as well as Hearts and Kilmarnock football clubs. She joined Raith Rovers at the start of the 2016/17 season after working with Manager Gary Locke at Kilmarnock FC and provides medical cover at away matches.
Sports Therapist: Stuart Phin
Stuart joined Raith Rovers in summer 2015 from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The Glasgow–based Sports Therapist is a vital part of the Rovers backroom team, responsible for treating a wide range of injuries on matchdays and at training through the week.
Sports Scientist: Dave Sykes
Dave joined the backroom team in September 2016 on a part-time basis having previously worked with Manager Gary Locke at both Kilmarnock FC and Hearts.
Dave, who is responsible for players physical development, holds an applied PhD in Sports Science and is both a BASES Accredited Physiologist and UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach.
In addition to his work with Raith, Dave currently lectures at the University of Edinburgh, tutors for The Scottish Sports Council and provides applied support to a number of National Governing Bodies including Scotland National Youth Football squads.
Performance Analyst: Andrew Tannahill
Andrew studied Sports Coaching at the University of the West of Scotland.
He joined Raith Rovers in December 2016 having previously worked with the first team at Queen of the South, and the youth academies at St Mirren and Partick Thistle.
His role is to provide both team and individual analysis through match footage and statistics.
Andrew is also tasked with providing detailed analysis on upcoming opponents.
Kit Man: Simon Pollock
Lifelong Rovers fan Simon has been employed as Kitman since summer 2015, responsible for all aspects of the players matchday and training attire. He has also served on the committee of the Raith Rovers Football Supporters Club for a number of years.