Melissa Wilborn is a certified ASCA Level 4 coach with 29 years of coaching experience. Before starting with the DeKalb Aquatics swim team in 1995 she gained most of her coaching experience as a summer league coach for DeKalb County. While coaching various summer league teams she brought three consecutive county victories to the Brook Glen Dolphins, now called the Lithonia Dolphins.
In 1998 Melissa became the Paideia School's head boys and girls swimming coach. As a 2nd year head coach, her boys team became the top point scorer among Class A boys teams. In her 3rd year coaching the boys team placed 8th in state, 3rd in AA. This gained Melissa the Boys High School Coach of the Year award. As a USA coach, she has coached Olymic Trial qualifiers, Senior National qualifiers, Junior National qualifiers, Top 16 national qualifiers, state champions, U.S. Open qualifiers and numerous age group and senior sectional qualifiers. Coach Melissa was selected as the Head Coach of the USA Eastern Diversity Zone Select Camp at the University of Maryland in 2015. She was also selected as a Georgia zone coach in 1999 and 2004, selected to coach at the Outreach camp at the USA Olympic training center, and has been appointed to the USA National Outreach and Diversity Committee.
Melissa was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia and graduated from Towers High School. She is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Masters of Education in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion. Before attending Auburn she spent two years at Georgia State University where she swam for the Panthers. Before leaving the swim program at Georgia State Melissa broke eight school records, two conference records, and was named the school's female athlete of the year in 1990. After transferring on a swim scholarship to Auburn University she attained NCAA All-American and NCAA Academic All-American status. Her other most notable accomplishments include qualifying for the 1992 Olympic Trials in the 50 meter freestyle, top 16 finish at USA nationals in 50 meter freestyle, and a top 50 in the world ranking in the 50 meter freestyle
Jarrett E Tate
Head Age Group Coach
Head Age Group Coach
Jarrett Tate began swimming at the age of 5 with The Brook Glen
Dolphins. Not long after his DeKalb County Summer League debut, he
joined Coach Melissa Wilborn and DAQ at the age of 7. Jarrett went
on to win his first Georgia state title at age 10 and continued to
achieve times that would rank him as one of the fastest sprinters
in the country. He broke both summer league and high school records
while achieving and surpassing State, Sectional, Junior National,
National, and U.S. Open qualifying time standards under
Melissa’s careful guidance. Heading into his senior year,
Jarrett was knocking on the door of Olympic Trials qualifying times
and was featured in the Sports Section of the Atlanta Journal
Constitution as one of the top swimmers coming out of the state of
Georgia. His hard work resulted in being one of a select
group to be invited to participate in the Diversity Select Camp
which took place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado
As a senior in high school, Jarrett had college and university
options ranging from Ivy League schools such as Columbia, Cornell,
and Brown to NCAA Division 1 powerhouses such as The University of
Georgia, Louisiana State University, and The United States Naval
Academy. Ultimately, he decided to enrolled at Rhodes College in
Memphis, TN, where he received a generous academic scholarship.
While swimming at Rhodes, Jarrett was regularly recognized as one
of the fastest sprinters within the SCAC and continues to hold the
school record for the 50 freestyle set back in 2008.
After graduating from Rhodes in 2011 with a degree in English,
Jarrett spent the following 4 years working in college admissions
at the University of Georgia and Kenyon College. In addition to
bringing years of coaching experience as an assistant coach for
multiple summer league teams, Jarrett also brings his wealth of
college admissions knowledge with him to DAQ and he is always
available as a resource for students and parents as they navigate
the college search process. He looks forward to helping shape
better swimmers, students, and all-around individuals. DAQ has been
and always will be considered a part of his family.
Mujahid B El-Amin
Mujahid B. El-Amin II was born and
raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Following a family tradition of
athletic swimmers, he aspired to be the unsurpassed early on. At
age 3, he started the Learning to Swim Process and then eventually
joining a Swim Team. During his childhood career, Mujahid obtained
recognition as a star athlete for the City of Atlanta and the state
of Georgia. At the age of 9, he ranked first in his age group.
El-Amin holds countless records which includes the 1997 and 1998
Joel Ferrell Award and identifies him as the most outstanding
swimmer of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics. For
three consecutive years, El-Amin managed to achieve the title of
Georgia State Champion in the 100 meters and 100 yards Butterfly.
Through his adolescent years, Mujahid established national age
group records in the breast and butterfly strokes by setting 10
unprecedented state records in long and short course events.
Additionally, he received the honor
of setting 3 southern zone records for four successive years
representing the state. Subsequently, in 2003, Mujahid was named as
the most outstanding swimmer for the state of Georgia for three
In 2004, El-Amin was named to
the prestigious United States Swimming Junior National Team with
which he traveled to Brisbane Australia for competition, where
he coined the nickname MJ. This was an astonishing achievement
in his swim career as he qualified for the 2004 Olympic
trials. For his dedication and accomplishments in the sport of
swimming, the Atlanta City Council proclaimed, on February
16th, the, Mujahid El-Amin Day".
Mujahid was awarded a full swim
scholarship in 2006. He attended Florida Agricultural &
Mechanical University (FAMU) majoring in Education.
During the same year, “MJ” was granted the most
outstanding swimmer for the North Eastern Conference Men’s
Swimming and Diving. In 2007 he became the captain of FAMU's swim
team. By his sophomore year (2008), MJ had broken all swim records
for the university and was awarded the team’s most valuable
player. Currently, El-Amin continues to train occasionally
for future endeavors. With the support of his community, family,
and friends, “MJ” has developed a system that helps
build speed, stroke technique, endurance and character in the sport
of swimming for aspiring young athletes across the
Caroline Brassfield joined
our team this fall for the 2018-2019 season. She comes to
us from a club team in Lexington, Virginia where she completed
her undergraduate degree. Caroline is originally from
Greensboro, North Carolina. She grew up swimming for the GCY Makos
as well has her high school and summer league
Caroline started coaching as
a young swimmer with her summer league team, the Blue Dolphins.
There she developed a passion for coaching and became a USA
registered coach during her first year of college. She has worked
with two other club teams since beginning her coaching career in
Lexington and in Baltimore, Maryland.
Caroline has coached
swimmers from age 5 to 18 and loves working on breaststroke and IM
skills. As a swimmer she excelled in 100 Breast and 200 IM, which
has informed her coaching and led to the creation of many
challenging IM workouts.
Caroline is thrilled to find
her home with DAQ as she completes her Master’s degree in
Public Health at Emory University. Caroline lives with her
fiancé, Matt, who is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at
Sean T Minton
Sean Minton began swimming competitively at the Decatur-Dekalb YMCA when he was 6 years old. After setting many YMCA meet records, he joined his first USA Swimming team, and at 16 joined Dekalb Aquatics. While attending Decatur High School, Sean lettered in multiple sports including all 4 years in swimming. He was honored as Most Valuable Swimmer 3 years in a row, and during his senior year, he was elected team captain. Sean ranked in the top 20 of Georgia swimmers for the I.M.’s, as well as the middle distance and distance freestyle events.
Since he started his coaching career at 15 years old, Sean has coached on several teams in addition to DeKalb Aquatics. Most recently as Head Coach of the Venetian Poolsharks . As an age-group swim coach, Sean has helped set the foundation for several of Georgia’s fastest swimmers.
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sean moved to Decatur, Georgia in 1986. He recently graduated Cum Laude from Georgia State University with degrees in philosophy and English. In his free time, Sean studies sports psychology, communications, and he continues to do research in philosophy. His passion lies in helping people maximize their potential and actualize their goals. Sean is in the process of accumulating many certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Swim Coaches Association, and United States Masters Swimming.
Toni McKenley grew up in Stone Mountain, Ga., where her love for
swimming began. She learned how to swim at a very young age,
and then joined her first competitive swim team at the age of
10. During high school, Toni received her lifeguard,
First-Aid certification; and became one of the head coaches
for Dekalb County Parks and Recreation Swim League, working as a
while teaching swim lessons to the youth of the
In 2007, Toni graduated from high school and went on to pursue her
degree in education at Georgia Southwestern State University.
Toni worked as the senior lifeguard and head swim instructor during
college. There she gained her experience with teaching and
coaching young and old adults how to swim. Toni received her degree
in Middle Grades Education with the concentrations of Social
Studies and English Language Arts. She connects her passion for
teaching in everything she does. “Education goes far beyond
any textbook…it’s all around us in every aspect of
In 2013, Toni became a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority and serves on the Swim 1922 campaign committee for
the Eta Sigma chapter of Atlanta. As of today, she has taught over
7,000 swim lessons throughout the Atlanta and Stone Mountain area,
and continues to educate all persons of water safety and the
benefits of aquatic activities.