Trench Training is dedicated to helping offensive and defensive linemen live, train & play big. We are building a strong community of coaches, players and parents who are committed to keeping big kids in our game and raising the level of line play for all ages.


Coach Derby

Glenn Derby was a starting offensive lineman for the Wisconsin Badgers and was named “All Conference” before moving onto the New Orleans Saints where he played professionally for 3 years.  The following season, he ended his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers.  For the past 25 years, Glenn has coached at the high school and college levels, and takes pride in helping young players improve their skills, stance and technique while becoming successful athletes both on and off the field.   Growing up in Montana and Wisconsin, Glenn became an avid “outdoorsman” and, as a young man, even tackled some Bull Riding.  Today, his hobbies include woodworking and training animals. Glenn is the proud father of his two daughters, Savannah and Scarlett.

Coach Stark

Steve Stark is a former Wisconsin Badger football team captain and member of the 1994 Rose Bowl Championship Team.  During his college career, Steve played offensive guard and was also a long snapper.  After that, he was a free agent with the NY Jets for 1 year.  Steve grew up in Illinois playing at Rockton Hononegah HS where he was named “First Team All-State”.  For the past 20+ years, Steve has coached at the college, high school and youth levels where he enjoys watching athletes develop their football skills as well as life skills. He and his wife, Miki, have 4 children: Kylie, Kaden, Jacob and Madison.  Their son, Kaden, is a Make-A-Wish recipient – and in the last 6 years, Steve’s family has raised more than $300,000 to help grant 51 wishes for other special needs children.

Coach Hayden

As a standout defensive tackle for the Wisconsin Badgers, Nick Hayden received “Honorable Mention” in ‘05 and ‘08.  Later in 2008, he was drafted in the 6th round by the Carolina Panthers.  During his 9-year NFL career, Nick played for the Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, and the Cleveland Browns.  While in Dallas as a starter, he led the team’s defensive line with the most tackles for 2 consecutive seasons.  In total, Nick started 63 games during his professional career.  In his earlier days, Nick attended Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin, where he was twice named “Player of the Year”.  Off the field, Nick loves to work-out and eat wings! He and his wife, Milania, have a daughter, Layla, and another baby girl on the way.  Also keeping them busy are their 3 dogs: Colby, Zoey, and Kiwi.

Coach Nellis

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!

Jana Petersen

Jana has enjoyed a successful career both in TV and Radio. For 12 years, she was the host of Chicago’s long running TV series “New Home Showcase”. Currently, Jana hosts and produces corporate videos for a number of business clients. As a voice over talent, you’ve heard her on commercials for Taylor Morrison, the Von Schledorn Auto Group, Ryland Homes, American Sale and NARI. Other TV credits include: host of “Builder’s Showcase” (FOX), and Entertainment Anchor (CBS-58) where she interviewed stars like Tony Bennett, Suzanne Somers, and Chuck Norris. In the ‘90’s, she helped “wake you up” as the morning side-kick on FM-106 country radio.  Jana has had the honor of singing The National Anthem for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Wave, the Admirals, and the Bucks. Look for her album on iTunes called “Christmas Wish”. Jana is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the proud mother of her son, Tyler.