Altoona (WQOW) — Altoona is looking to bounce back from a one-win season in 2018, and have a new head coach in Chad Hanson who hopes to help lead the way.
Hanson comes over from Eleva-Strum, where he was the head coach from 2012-2018. Then prior to his time with the Cardinals he was the head coach for Greenwood/Granton, where he won a division seven state championship in 2011. Hanson plans to bring certain aspects and characteristics from previous coaching success to the Railroaders.
“I think he can show big things to us, and take this team to another level,” says senior running back and linebacker Paxton Gluch. “I mean he did it in the past, and it’s all about belief. We’ve just got to go out and do it.”
“Obviously there’s changes that you make based on what you learn in the process as a coach,” Hanson says. “So they’ll be changes that I’ll make in these steps. But a lot of it is going to be a basic carbon copy of what I did, and what my coaching staff did when we were at Eleva-Strum and got those guys going in the right direction.”
Hanson though isn’t the only new thing for the football program, as Altoona will play on the brand new Fuzzy Thurston Field at Oakleaf Stadium in 2019. The turf field is similar to what Hanson has seen in trips down south to a powerhouse state for high school football.
“I think it’s like Texas football. It’s a football stadium that’s being built right here in west central Wisconsin,” says Hanson. “I’ve been down to Texas a couple times to see high school football, and you see stuff like this going up all the time. I’ve told the kids this is Texas football in west central Wisconsin, so I’m super pumped about it, I know the kids are excited about it, and the community is excited about it. It’s an amazing thing.”
Altoona opens the season on the road August 23rd, with a conference game against Stanley-Boyd.