First Team Coaching Staff

Ray McKinnon
Ray McKinnonHead Coach

Playing career

Ray started his professional football career signing for Dundee United in August 1986 playing 53 games for The Terriors.  His next move was to Nottingham Forrest in July 1992.  He played six games for The Reds then moved on to Aberdeen in February 1994.

He played 26 games for The Dons before returning to Dundee United in November 1995 playing an additional 43 games for the Tannadice side.

Ray moved back south in August 1998 signing for Luton Town.  A year later he returned north to join Livingston.  In 2000 Ray had spells at Raith Rovers, Portadown, Stirling Albion, East Fife, Montrose before joining Raith Rovers for a second time in January 2003.

Ray then moved to Lochee United in 2004.

Management career

In 2005 Ray started his managerial career as player/manager of Broughty Athletic.  He returned to Lochee United a year later to take up the manager position with the club. He managed Lochee United until 2008.

Ray worked with the SFA in the Coach Education department before moving returning to management with Brechin City in 2012. He spent three years at City before taking up the reigns at Raith Rovers in season 2015-2016.

A year later Ray moved to Dundee United and took The Tangerines to the Premiership playoff finals in his first season.  Ray left Dundee United in October 2017.

He moved to Greenock to manage Morton in May 2018 before moving to Falkirk in August 2018.

Ray left Falkirk in November 2019.

Ray became the head coach at Queen’s Park in January 2020.

Tony Quinn
Tony QuinnAssistant Coach

Tony started playing football at youth level with six years at Celtic. He moved to Clyde then had two seasons at youth side Eastercraigs.

Tony joined under 21 side Rob Roy before being signed by Queen’s in season 2001-2002. During his time at Queen’s Tony played 391 games and scored 48 goals.

Tony retired from playing in August 2015.  He then joined the coaching staff working with youth, 20s, reserves and first team.

Laurie Ellis
Laurie EllisAssistant Head Coach

Playing Career

Laurie started his senior career with Raith Rovers 1998. He made 90 appearances for Raith before moving to St Mirren in 2003. Laurie played with the Buddies for two seasons before returning to Raith Rovers in July 2005.

Laurie played a season at Kirkcaldy then moved to Cowdenbeath, Stirling Albion and finally back to Raith Rovers in 2008.  Laurie made over 390 senior appearances during his professional career scoring 16 goals.

Management Career

In 2012 Laurie took up the role of first-team coach (as well as player) at Raith Rovers and coached the team until May 2016 when he moved to Dundee United as assistant manager to Ray McKinnon. In October 2017 Laurie stepped up to caretaker manager when Ray McKinnon left the club.

He stayed on as assistant manager when Csaba László was appointed.  He then has another spell as caretaker manager before Robbie Neilson was appointed to manage Dundee United.

In March 2019 Laurie moved to Queen of the South and became assistant manager to Gary Naysmith.  He left the club in May 2029 when Naysmith parted company with the Doonhamers.

Laurie joined Queen’s Park in January 2020

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.