Coach Not Reappointed

November 27, 2018

Last week, the Atlantic City (N.J.) Board of Education voted not to reappoint Gene Allen as its high school boys' basketball coach. According to The Press of Atlantic City, the board chose not to reappoint Allen after the parent of one of his former players criticized some of Allen's decisions, such as saying last year's team did not deserve a post-season banquet.

Community members have spoken out, disagreeing with the board's decision. Nah’Sir Morgan, a 2018 Atlantic City graduate and a Vikings football and basketball standout, said that Allen was a father figure to him.

“I think it’s absurd they kind of fired him,” Morgan said about Allen.

Allen led the program to three state titles, and was in the position since 2003.

“Absolutely surprised because of his historic record,” former Atlantic City football coach and Vikings alumni Thomas Kelly said of his reaction to the board’s decision. “I know the type of time he put in.”

Frank Campo, the former Athletic Director for Atlantic City, said the board failed to consider the Atlantic City teacher contract. Allen is still employed as a teacher for the district.

“It’s a slap in the face to the Atlantic City community,” Campo said.

The next board meeting is on December 11.

“We’re going to try to do whatever we can to bring (Allen) back,” Morgan said.

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