Technical Staff

Scott Ruscoe
First Team Manager
Holder of the all-time appearances record during his playing career for The New Saints FC, Scott is a club and JD Cymru Premier legend. After hanging up his boots, he held the position of first team Assistant Manager as well as Head of Youth.

From the commencement of the 2017/2018 season, following the departure of Craig Harrison to Hartlepool United, Ruscoe was appointed as first team manager, while still continuing as the main man in the youth set-up.

Born in Shrewsbury on 15 December 1977, Scott holds the UEFA A License and the Youth A License and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the first team.

As a player he began his career at Stoke City, moving to Port Vale, Newtown AFC and Chester before joining The New Saints in 2001, where he has remained ever since. He was previously club captain, winning eight League Titles, three Welsh Cups, six League Cups and one Premier Cup as a player.

He made what was then, a JD Cymru Premier record 30 appearances in Europe for the club in all competitions. The record has since been eclipsed by Pip Baker, and then by Paul Harrison, who is the current holder.

Qualifying for Wales courtesy of his father, he has played on three occasions for the semi-professional Under-23s side.

Scott was awarded Clubman Of The Year by the Football Association of Wales in 2014 and was inducted into the JD Cymru Premier Hall Of Fame in 2015.

Steve Evans
First Team Assistant Manager
Steven James “Evo” Evans is one of the most prominent and most successful players in the JD Cymru Premier, a full Welsh international professional footballer who has played for The New Saints of Oswestry Town for 13 years as well as making a total of seven appearances for his country. He was inducted into the JD Cymru Premier Hall of Fame in 2013.

He began his career with Crewe Alexandra and West Bromwich Albion. He first joined JD Cymru Premier side TNS in the summer of 1999 and following an injury joined Oswestry Town to make six appearances before returning to TNS and playing in the title winning sides of 2005 and 2006.

He won the Welsh Premier player of the season award for 2004-2005 and made nine appearances for the Welsh semi-professional side.

He made over 150 league and cup appearances for TNS, before being picked up by Wrexham, where he signed a two-year deal in June 2006. At Wrexham, Evans impressed Wales manager John Toshak and made his international debut for Wales in a friendly against Liechtenstein in November 2006. In September 2008, with Wrexham relegated to the Football Conference, Evans became the first
non-league player to represent Wales for 76 years.

Returning to TNS from Wrexham in 2009, Steve held the position of club captain, where his highlights included playing against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League and captaining a TNS side in both legs versus RSC Anderlecht.

Following a period of coaching the first team and running the U19s set-up, Steve was promoted to first team assistant-manager prior to the commencement of the 2017/2018 season.

Ed Harper
Fitness Coach
TNS Strength and Conditioning Coach Ed Harper from North Wales, holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport Science with Coaching and an MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning. Additionally, he is a fully accredited member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.

Harper has worked with a variety of sports people, including GB Boxers and BMX riders at the English Institute of Sport to Sale Sharks RUFC, Wigan Warriors RL and Wales RL.  He has also supported a range of athletes, training toward specific goals, including Howard Webb (2010 World Cup) and former Commonwealth and European Boxing Champion Herol Graham (27 hour skipping marathon).

Wayne Peter
Lead Sports Therapist

Prior to joining The New Saints as Lead Sports Therapist, Wayne was at fellow JD Cymru Premier side, Newtown AFC, for six years. He is also involved with the FAW Trust at all age groups and with both sexes, a role that he enjoys. Giggsy, as he is affectionately known to all, has also worked on the Tour Of Britain (cycling).

He runs his own private clinic in Oswestry and in his spare time likes to cast a fly and swing a club, as angling and golf are his main hobbies outside football.

Paul Whitfield
Goalkeeping Coach

Paul started his career at Wrexham AFC, where he progressed through the youth system, before being offered a full-time contract. He made his first team debut in 2002 against Everton.

Paul has represented his country (Wales), up to and including, Under-21s, and during his time at Wrexham was part of the promotion winning side in 2002. He has also won the Welsh Premier Cup twice, in 2002 and again in 2003.

After leaving Wrexham, Paul gained European experience, playing in the UEFA Cup and the Champions League. After several successful years in the Welsh Premier League featuring for the likes of Rhyl, TNS FC, Newtown and Airbus UK Broughton, Paul then signed for Cammell Laird FC, where he helped them win promotion to the Unibond Premier League in 2008.

In 2009, Paul moved back to his hometown club, Llandudno FC, and in his first season he helped them retain the League Cup, while just missing out on promotion to the Welsh Premier League.

Paul has gained coaching experience working with the FA of Wales, Liverpool FC and Wrexham AFC, as well as up to 2019, running his own goalkeeping school. Along with coaching at The New Saints, Paul works with the FAW Trust delivering the goalkeeper awards.

Jacob Williams
Football Operations Co-ordinator

Jacob Williams has supported The New Saints FC from an early age, and since leaving school in 2016, has been employed by the club. Whilst in the sixth form at Dinas Bran School, Llangollen, Jacob completed a level three sport diploma, which proved to be of benefit in his chosen career.

As the Football Operations Coordinator at Park Hall, variety is the spice of life for Jacob. His duties involve day-to-day operations for the first team, match day administration, Academy registration and the coordination of fixtures.

In addition, Jacob is responsible for the purchase and distribution of kit and equipment at the club.