Brad Johansen has been tabbed as the new Decorah High School head boys cross country coach, pending school board approval. 
Johansen will replace Dennis Evelsizer, who retired after 30 years in the program as an assistant and head coach.
Johansen has served as an assistant for the boys program the past seven years. During that time, he has helped the Vikings earn six NEIC and five district championships. In addition, Johansen played a part in seven state qualifying teams, with a third place finish in 2013, a runner-up finish in 2011 and a state championship in 2012. The Iowa Association of Track and Field Coaches also name Johansen State Assistant Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2012. Johansen also serves as assistant girls track coach and was named State Assistant Girls Track Coach of the Year by the IATC in 2011.
“I am honored at the opportunity to continue my work for the Decorah boys cross country program. I look forward to the opportunity of continuing the tradition and success of boys cross country while the supporting the passion our community has for running and fitness to our students.”
“We are extremely excited and looking forward to Coach Johansen stepping into his new role with the boys cross country program. His knowledge and promotion of all activities at Decorah High School give Coach Johansen a solid platform to meet the needs of the students in our cross country program,” said Activities Director Adam Riley. “Coach Johansen has great pride and passion for all programs, which will be a great asset to the student-athletes and families of the Decorah community.”