Chad Hanson football

Eleva-Strum head coach Chad Hanson speaks during football practice on Sept. 12, 2016 in Strum.

Eleva-Strum head football coach Chad Hanson will become the next leader of the Altoona program, he told the media Tuesday.

Hanson led the Cardinals to a 36-31 record during his seven seasons coaching his alma mater. They went 6-4 last season and won a playoff game.

His Eleva-Strum teams finished tied atop the Dairyland Conference standings twice during his time in charge. He guided them to four playoff appearances in that span, picking up two postseason victories.

Over the last five years, the Cardinals went 31-19.

He led Greenwood/Granton to a Division 7 state championship in 2011.

Hanson takes over a Rails team that went 1-8 last season.

“It was definitely a difficult decision to make but I am excited and looking forward to leading the Altoona Railroader football program going forward,” Hanson said in an email.

Martin Adams coached Altoona last season, his only year with the program. He had previously served as an assistant with the Rails the season prior and as the head coach of the Chippewa Valley Predators.