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We are here to support your needs. If your questions are related to workouts, meets, events, goal setting, and other swimming related needs, please contact your swimmmer's coach. For all questions related to administrative items, such as dues, safety, or policy issues, please contact Melissa Wilborn.

Coaching Staff

Melissa Wilborn

Head Coach

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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

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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 Springs, CO.

 

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

Assistant Coach

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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 consecutive years.

 

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 nation. 

Caroline Brassfield

Adminstrative Assistant

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Administrative Assistant

 

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 teams. 

 

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 Emory. 

Sean T Minton

Assistant Coach

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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

Assistant Coach

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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, CPR,  and  First-Aid certification; and became one of the head coaches for Dekalb County Parks and Recreation Swim League, working as a senior lifeguard  while teaching swim lessons to the youth of the community.

 

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 life.” -Unknown.

 

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. 

John Cherok

Assistant Coach

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