WATERLOO, Ont. – Wilfrid Laurier University’s department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob McQueen as the head coach for the men’s rugby program.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the men’s rugby program at Laurier,” said the newest member of the Golden Hawk coaching staff. “I am expecting big things from the guys this season as we continue the progress of recent years.”
Rob comes to Laurier with a wealth of rugby experience. He’s a former OUA athlete who played at both Queen’s and Western. The philosophy major moved into coaching in 2001 with the Medway High School Senior Boys rugby team. As the head coach he earned nine straight TVRAA championship s and made it to five OFSAA quarter finals. In 2006 McQueen took over the reins of the London St. George’s Rugby Club and after four straight improved season won the 2009 Jones Division championship to get the squad promoted to the Marshall Premiership.
“Rob will bring both energy and experience to our rugby program,” said Director of Athletics & Recreation PETER BAXTER. “His success at both the high school and club level shows he is ready to make the leap to coaching OUA men’s rugby.”
The University of Western Ontario graduate will be moving from London to Waterloo to establish a business in food distribution.
“I will be looking to place a greater importance on off-season development,” said McQueen. “Student-athletes can be assured that their development as athletes and productive citizens will be maximized during their years at Laurier.”
Laurier’s men’s rugby team posted a 4-4 regular season record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2006. In the quarter-final, the Golden Hawks faced McMaster and lost 15-0.