|Alma Mater:||Sam Houston State|
Mark McQueen enters his fourth season as Richmond's head coach in 2011, after 13 years with the program as an assistant coach.
McQueen was a Richmond assistant from 1989-2000 and returned to the Spiders in 2007 as the associate head coach under Hall of Famer Ron Atkins, who retired at the end of that season. The eighth head coach in Richmond history, McQueen returned to the Spiders after spending six seasons (2001-06) as the pitching coach at Virginia Commonwealth.
The 2003 Collegiate Baseball National Pitching Coach of the Year helped the Rams to an overall mark of 265-151 in six seasons, including four NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2003 pitching staff sported a national-best 2.54 ERA while leading the Rams to a 46-13 mark, a CAA Championship and berth in the NCAA Tournament.
A total of eight pitchers were drafted from VCU during his six seasons with the Rams, including current Chicago Cub hurler Sean Marshall and Baltimore Orioles reliever Cla Meredith. In all, a total of 25 pitchers under McQueen's direction have been selected by Major League teams, including 17 during his 16 combined seasons at Richmond. His most recent draftee -- RHP Ian Marshall -- was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the 40th round of the 2010 draft.
McQueen, a native of Ankeny, Iowa, along with Atkins, helped lead the Spiders to an overall mark of 389-248 in his 12 seasons with Richmond from 1989-2000. In that time, McQueen helped take the Spiders to the CAA title game seven times, won the Conference Championship twice and earned four NCAA Tournament berths.
In his first year back on Atkins' staff in 2007, the Spiders made a return trip to the Atlantic 10 Championships and finished the season 32-28. A number of individual performances during McQueen's Richmond tenure still rank among the Spiders' all-time Top-10 lists, including Sean Gavaghan's (1989-92) all-time lead in career wins with 33.
Two other Spiders under McQueen's tutelage still rank among the all-time Top-5 in career wins, including Mike Smith's (1997-2000) 31 victories and Bobby St. Pierre's (1993-95) 28 wins. Smith (337), Gavaghan (291) and St. Pierre (282) all rank behind former Spider Tim Stauffer's total of 362 in the Top-5 for all-time career strikeouts.
Five of McQueen's former Spider pitchers rank tied among the Top-3 in single-season wins with 11, including St. Pierre's 11-1 (.917) mark in 1994 which is also second all-time on Richmond's single-season winning percentage list.
McQueen is a 1984 graduate of Sam Houston State where he compiled a mark of 13-5 in two seasons with the Bearkats, including a perfect 7-0 mark as a senior. Prior to his career at Sam Houston State, McQueen attended Iowa Western Community College for two years and competed in the 1980 Junior College World Series.
After receiving a business administration degree from Sam Houston State, McQueen signed with the Detroit Tigers organization and pitched one season for the Tri-City Triplets of the Northwest League. After being forced out of baseball due to an elbow injury, McQueen started his coaching career at Iowa State as an assistant coach. McQueen spent one season on the Cyclones' staff in 1988, going 27-31 in Ames, Iowa. He also worked two years at the Cyclone Midwest Baseball School as the Assistant Director of Operations and pitching instructor.
McQueen and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Travis and Tara.