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 recently retired after teaching Criminal Justice Studies for 11 years 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 summer 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.

 

Lindsey Ahrens  (Blue group) 

Lindsey Ahrens is thrilled to join the Flyers this season!  She and her family are originally from Cleveland, Ohio and relocated to Queensbury in the summer of 2021.  Lindsey started swimming at five years old and hasn't stopped since.  After winning multiple state championships, she competed for Purdue University and later John Carroll University where she was a five-time All American and a member of the Hall of Fame.  After college, Lindsey coached developmental and senior groups for Lake Erie Silver Dolphins.  During this time, it was as much of a success to see a new swimmer conquer a flip turn to winning a state title.  Lindsey's goal as the blue coach is to reinforce the fundamentals and start to build endurance and speed in the swimmers.  The most important part is for everyone to have fun and become lifelong athletes!
While Lindsey isn't at the pool, she enjoys spending time with her four kids, husband, and dog.  She is also an avid runner and competes in any distance up to a 50k.

 

Jackie Rooney  (White group)

Jackie was born in Houston, Texas. While in Texas, Jackie began swimming competitively at seven years old as a member of the Fairfield Dolphins Swim Team in Cypress, Texas. In 5th grade, Jackie and her family moved to the Albany area where Jackie was a varsity swimmer from 8th to 12th grade for the Guilderville Swim Team. Jackie also became a swim instructor for the Learn to Swim program at Clayton A. Bouton High School for many years. Jackie then swam for the Mohonasen Marlins swim club for four years. She attended SUNY Potsdam, receiving both her bachelor's and master's degrees, and swam for the Potsdam Bears swim team her first year. Jackie will start her first year as a kindergarten teacher at Queensbury Elementary  School during the 2022-23 school year.  In her free time, Jackie likes to hike, garden, cook, swim, and watch movies with her husband, Tyler.
 
Emily Gugliotta  (Red group)
 
Emily grew up in the Finger Lakes area of western New York.  She began to swim competitively at nine years old as a member of the Bath Eels Swim Team and the Watkins Glen Gators Swim Team.  Emily was a varsity swimmer as a seventh grader for Bath-Haverling HS.  During her tenure there she broke several team records including the 200-yard IM and as a member of all three relays.  The school's medley relay went on to set a new Sectional record and compete in the State High School Championship.  Emily attended SUNY Potsdam, receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees and she currently is a third grade teacher at Queensbury Elementary School.  Emily is also a newlywed!  In her free time Emily still likes to swim, hike, ski and travel.  We're excited that Emily has joined our staff and we know her experience and passion for teaching children will be a valuable asset to our mission of developing young athletes.