The Atlantic City Vikings have a new head boys' basketball coach.

On Tuesday night, the Atlantic City Board of Education approved former Cedar Creek and Winslow Township coach Wayne Nelson as the successor to Gene Allen.

Nelson, who grew up in Atlantic City, scored over 1,000 career points as a player for the Holy Spirit Spartans. As a coach, he led Winslow Twp. to a South Jersey Group 3 championship in 2017.

He says he understands the pressure that comes with being the head coach at Atlantic City High School, which has a deep basketball tradition.

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“The expectation that comes with Atlantic City is winning," Nelson told Glory Days magazine. "That’s what comes with it. Everybody wants their shot at Atlantic City."

Nelson and his family have grown up in and have deep roots in the city. His dad and grandfather both served on the Atlantic City Police Department for over 30 years.

He has some big shoes to fill, replacing Allen, who resigned from the position in April.

Allen is the winningest coach in team history, with a 377-136 record, three state Group IV titles, seven South Jersey titles, and four Cape-Atlantic League titles.

Nelson, 41, who lives in Sicklerville, takes over a Vikings team that finished 4-13 last season.

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