Meet the Coaches

Head Coach/President Paul Crandell   (Gold group)

Paul is the founder and President of the Flyers organization.  He was the head varsity coach of the Queensbury High School Girls Swim Team from 1984 to 2004.  Paul also served twenty years as a State Trooper, retiring in 1998.  He returned to college at SUNY Albany and earned his graduate degree and teaching certification in history.  He taught part time for five years at South Glens Falls High School and is currently a teacher of Criminal Justice Studies at BOCES SAEC in Hudson Falls.  Paul started his competitive swimming career at age 10 and continued to swim through college where he qualified for the NJCAA Championships in the butterfly.  Intermittently, he continues to swim competitively at the masters level.  Right after moving to the Glens Falls area in 1980, Paul had his first head coaching position at the Glens Falls YMCA, and also started a new team at the Glens Falls Country Club.  He was the pool director at the Glens Falls Tennis & Swim Club, and a tour guide at Fort William Henry in Lake George.  He and his wife Barbara have three married daughters (all swimmers!) and they've lived in Queensbury since 1981.


Coach Kate Jeffords  (Red group)

Kate started her swimming career as a young Flyer then, later, continued competing as a member of the YMCA Gators team.  Kate was one of the few Flyers who qualified and competed at the National Age Group Eastern Zones Championship meet.  While swimming as a Gator, Kate won seven NY State YMCA Championship titles and was a five-time qualifier for the YMCA National Championships.  Kate attended Castleton State College in Vermont and is  now  employed  with Angio Dynamics, human resources.  She is continuing to work toward an MBA degree  in  business.  Kate is a recent newlywed, her husband Kris was also a swimmer on the Gators team.  They are currently residing in Queensbury and have had their first child, Olivia.  Kate's competitive experience and obvious love of the sport will be a great attribute to our Flyers staff and program.


Amanda Heller  (Blue group) 

Amanda grew up in Reston, Virginia where she joined a swim team at age 7.  She continued to swim for her high school team and local USA swim team.  Amanda was so good in the backstroke that she participated at the Junior  National level and the US Open.  She attended New Hampshire University where she specialized in the freestyle and backstroke events and several different relays while the team won two conference titles.  Amanda and her husband Doug have two children, one being a daughter, Celia, who is a member of the Flyers.  They reside in Wilton with their very large Saint Bernard, Daisey.  We are very lucky to have Amanda as a coach, with such a high level of experience, and being a mom, she brings compassion for the sport as well as compassion for her young swimmers. 


Caitlin Shaughnessy  (White group)

Caitlin is a Flyers alumni!  Caitlin attended QHS where she was a cheerleader.  She then went to ACC and received a degree in math and science.  Caitlin worked as a lifeguard at the Great Escape for six seasons becoming a supervisor and an Ellis and Associates lifeguard instructor.  She is presently employed at Queensbury schools as the Senior Lifeguard for the school's K-12 physical education classes.  Recently Caitlin received the school's Sawa Bona "I see you" Award for her individual work with a student who was afraid of the water and who was swimming multiple laps across the pool by the time Caitlin was finished working with him.  Caitlin is exactly what the Flyers need as a coach who is enthusiastic and committed to developing swimmers who are our youngest beginners with untapped potential!  And, she is a new mom to a son, Keston!