Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, Joel Nellis went on to play for his hometown team, the Wisconsin Badgers, where he played tight end and was on special teams. During his college career, Joel was also named “Academic All Big Ten”. Prior to that, he was awarded “All City”, “All Conference”, and “2nd Team All Area” at Madison Memorial HS. Today, Joel is the Offensive Line Coach at Brookfield Central HS in Brookfield, Wisconsin. For the past 7 years, he has coached All-State offensive lineman and, consecutively, has had athletes move on to the college football level. Recently, Nellis co-authored a book called Walk-On This Way highlighting the Wisconsin football walk-on tradition. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, they now have 3 children: Adrik, Annika, and Anden - and Joel enjoys coaching their teams, too!