MEET OUR COACHES
HEAD COACH ERIN JEFFERS
I got my swim coaching start when I was first hired as a Jr. Assistant Coach for the summer recreational team that I grew up swimming for. I fell in love with coaching from day one. Since then, coaching competitive swimming has nearly always been a part of my life. I have coached for numerous USA Swimming Clubs in several different parts of the country, including tenures with Sun Devil Aquatics (now Pitchfork Aquatics) and Scottsdale Aquatics Club in Arizona, Team Foxjet Swimming in Minnesota, Edge Swim Team in Vermont and currently Storm Swim Team here in NH. I have had the opportunity to work under some of the top coaches in the country over the past two decades and love sharing their wisdom and expertise with those swimmers I get to work with.
I reside in Bedford with my family, where our children attend school and I currently teach in the K+ program! I hold my B.M. in Music Education and M.Ed in Higher and Postsecondary Education. I absolutely love working with children and always have. I firmly believe that swimming is the best sport on the planet and can't wait to share my love of it with you! I just know that we are going to have a great summer this year and look forward to June!
ASSISTANT COACH AUDRA SAUNDERS
I am pretty sure that I could swim before I could walk. Swimming has always been a part of my life. I started swimming competitively as a preteen for the Boys and Girls Club Team in Nashua. As soon as I turned 16, I took the lifeguarding class and became a certified lifeguard. I worked for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Girl Scout Camp, Town Beach and a fitness club as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. Through my lifeguarding connections I started coaching a summer recreational swim team and fell in love with mentoring and guiding swimmers to personal best swims and successes. That was the beginning of my search to find a coaching home.
In 2008, I became the Head Coach for the Merrimack High School Boys and Girls Varsity Swim Team. I look forward to each winter season with my team. My team is an extension of my family and I continue to stay in touch with my swimmers after high school graduation. It is exciting to think that I am going into my 13th season coaching that team!
My full time job is as an art, photography and graphic design teacher at the Hollis Brookline High School. I have been teaching art for 16 years now. I have a Bachelors of Fine Art degree as well as a Masters of Education. I live in Amherst, NH with my husband, two sons, dog-Bear, cat- Macy, and bearded dragon- Sesame. I am also the artist and owner of a small art business on Etsy and I am currently working on a new art studio space to help grow that business. If I’m not on a pool deck or swimming, I can be found making art! I am excited to join the coaching team in Bedford for the Barracudas! I can’t wait for you to get swimming!