First Team Coaching Staff

Gus MacPherson
Gus MacPhersonHead Coach

Gus started his professional football career with Rangers. During his time at Ibrox he spent a period of time on loan to English side Exeter City. In 1991 Gus moved to Kilmarnock where he played more than 350 times for the club. He was also in the side that beat Falkirk 1-0 to win the Scottish cup in season 1996/97.

Gus moved to Dunfermline in 2001 where he played for two seasons before moving to St Mirren as a player/assistant manager in 2003.

Gus football management career started as player/manger when John Coughlin resigned as manger of St Mirren in December 2013. Gus concentrated on the management aspect of his job at the end of season 2003/04 when he gave up playing.

During his time as manger of St Mirren Gus won the Scottish Challenge Cup and the First Division title in season 2005/06.

Gus left St Mirren in May 2010. He then was appointed manager of Queen of the South in June 2011. He left Queen of the South in April 2012.

Gus joined Queen’s Park as head coach in January 2014.

James Evans
James EvansGoalkeeping Coach

James started playing football with boys clubs before joining Queen’s Park aged 15. He played for the 15s and 16s before moving to Bolton Wanderers. James also played for Scotland Schools.

James played for Bolton for three years at 18s and reserve level. He then played for Boston United for a short while before returning north.

James then joined Alloa Athletic in 2001 and played for them for 5 seasons. A serious injury to his knee ended his time at Recreation Park. James moved to junior football with Arthurlie for two seasons. Next he had two season with Auchinleck Talbot before a second injury to his knee forced James to retire from competitive football.

James then started to coach the local boys’ club his son placed with. He then moved to Queen’s Park coaching with the 12s squad. He got involved coaching the youth goalkeepers and has been on the DaVinci trips coaching keepers for the past two seasons.

James has completed his goalkeeping certificate, intermediate certificate, basic licence and is undertaking the UEFA B licence before completing his full goalkeeping licence.

Alan Mahood
Alan Mahood20s coach

Alan started his professional football career with Morton in 1988. He moved to Nottingham Forrest in season 1991 before returning to Morton the following season and playing a further 6 years with the Greenock side.

Next up for Alan was a move to Kilmarnock in 1998.  he played 153 games for Killie during 6 year spell with them.

Alan then has spells with Ross County and St Johnstone before returning to Morton in season 2004-2005.

When Alan stopped playing he worked with Kilmarnock in their community department coaching the youth sides.

Next he moved to coach junior side Kilwinning Rangers where he spend the last 2.5 seasons with the Ayrshire side.

Alan had played with Gus MacPherson during their time at Kilmarnock and had kept in touch so when he was approached to join Queen’s Park he was delighted to re-new the acquaintance.

Alan takes charge of the 20s with a role to prepare the boys for first team football.

Alan joined Queen’s Park in June 2016.

Michael O'Hara
Michael O'HaraSports Scientist/ Fitness Coach

Michael is a former Queen’s player.  He played for our youth teams before making his debut for the 1st team in November 2009.  Michael played 21 times for the first team over 3 seasons.

During this time Michael undertook a degree in Physiology and Sports Science at Glasgow University graduating with a B.Sc.

Michael worked with a number of sports stars, improving their strength and conditioning before returning to Queen’s Park in January of this year to work with our 17s squad.

Michael’s role with the 1st team is to work on the players’ strength, speed, flexibility and agility and in particular to prevent injury.