Coach Gene Allen is to Atlantic City High School boys basketball what Terry Francona was to the Boston Red Sox.
Both took teams noted for postseason disappointments and turned them into playoff winners.
(Note: The comparison to Francona will make Allen grimace. He's a big New York Yankees fan).
Before Allen took over the program, the Vikings won no state titles an just four South Jersey championships.
Atlantic City has won three state titles and five South Jersey championships, under Allen.
Allen took over the program in 2003 and has a career record of 224-70.
Here's how the Vikings have done season-by-season and in the state tournament under Allen.
2003-04: Lost to Lenape in 66-51 in South Jersey Group IV final
2004-05: Beat Ridgewood 56-42 to win state Group IV title. Beat Shawnee 75-49 to win South Jersey Group IV title.
2005-06: Lost to Linden 64-39 in state Group IV title game. Beat Lenape 58-50 to win South Jersey Group IV title.
2006-07: Lost to Winslow Township 87-74 in South Jersey Group IV semifinal.
2007-08: Lost to Rancocas Valley 64-43 in state Group IV semifinal. Beat Winslow Township 76-64 in South Jersey Group IV title game.
2008-09: Lost to Washington Township 56-55 in South Jersey Group IV semifinal.
2009-10: Lost to Shawnee 72-57 in South Jersey Group IV semifinals.
2010-11: Lost to Williamstown 56-43 in South Jersey Group IV quarterfinals.
2011-12: Beat Elizabeth 53-47 to win state Group IV title. Beat Cherry Hill East 52-41 to win South Jersey Group IV title.
2012-13: Beat Linden 60-54 to win the state Group IV title. Beat Lenape 51-40 to win the South Jersey Group IV title.
Atlantic City’s records under Allen