Coaches and Directors

Coaches and Directors
Coaching Staff
Melissa Wilborn Head Coach

Melissa Wilborn is a certified ASCA Level 4 coach with 30 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

Caroline Brassfield Team Admin and Gold Coach

 

Caroline Brassfield joined our team in 2018. 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. 

Mujahid El-Amin Head Age Group Coach

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. 

Hayden Kosater Assistant Coach
Zoe Kaplan Assistant Coach
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