Mujahid "MJ" El-Amin II
Coach MJ 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 Learn to Swim Program with the City of Atlanta Dolphins (CAD) 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 include the 1997 and 1998 Joel Ferrell Award and identify 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 for future endeavors and is a member of the Killer Whales Masters Swim Team.
Assistant Head Coach:
Patrick "PJ" Jones
Coach PJ grew up in the Sandy Springs area and began his swimming career at Ansley Golf Club. Unable to throw, catch, or hit a ball, PJ quickly learned swimming was the sport for him! Aging out of the country-club league led the Joneses into the ASA league. His family was fortunate to be the first generation of coaches/ swimmers at the newly incepted Chastain Park Athletic Club. After hopping around swim programs PJ and his family bit the bullet and sent him to boarding school to pursue swimming more seriously. PJ found great success at the Baylor School. He became a three-time All-American swimmer and attributes most of his coaching technique and style to the Baylor School’s program. When coaching, PJ’s catchphrase is “Beautiful and Easy swimming” because he believes speed will follow when the technique is right.
PJ has spent 6 years in the Atlanta swim industry working for Lifetime Fitness, Swim Revolution, and other smaller swim programs. PJ is currently a freelance transcriber and teaches swim lessons at a local athletic club. In his free time, he enjoys caring for his collection of orchids, watching The Pioneer Woman, and spending time with his cats and family.
Shark Pups Head Coach:
Coach Eric has been swimming since the age of 3. He swam with the YMCA program in Buffalo NY until junior high school, then continued swimming with the Livermore Aqua Cowboys and Granada High School in Livermore California.
His introduction to swim lessons began with teaching his own four children how to swim. He currently teaches swim lessons to children and adults at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. In addition to teaching swimming, Coach Eric is also an indoor cycling instructor at Tech.
Coach Eric says it is very rewarding for him to watch his students progress and advance as they become more comfortable in the water, and he is looking forward to joining our Shark Pups program!
Shark Pups Assistants: