Steve Cuss has been the head of community at AFC Bournemouth since 2002, and took on the role as manager of the women’s team for the first time ahead of the 2019/20 season.
A UEFA licensed coach, with previous experience at Torquay United, he stepped into the role alongside running the Community Sports Trust, which puts on a variety of weekly coaching sessions across the local communities of Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Brockenhurst.
Cuss has also previously worked within the AFC Bournemouth academy and youth team, as well as with local clubs playing semi-professional football.
During his first campaign as manager of the women’s team, he helped the side to top spot of the Southern Region Women’s Premier League before the season was forced to stop due to Covid-19.
Last year, despite more disruptions as a result of the pandemic, Cuss guided the side to the first round proper of the FA Cup for just the second time in the club's history.
As the league was curtailed for the second season running, the Cherries saw their application of upward movement successful and as a result are playing in the step four for the first time.