Nebraska has officially found its new defensive backs coach.
Charlton Warren was officially announced as Nebraska's secondary coach Friday.
Head coach Bo Pelini announced that he has tabbed Air Force associate head coach and defensive coordinator Charlton Warren as his new secondary coach.
“Charlton Warren will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff,” Pelini said. “He is well respected in the coaching profession and he has been a part of several successful defenses at Air Force. Charlton has great energy and will be an outstanding teacher and mentor for our defensive backs. We look forward to him hitting the ground running, both in working with the young men in our program and on the recruiting trail.”
The hiring of Warren comes as the dead period lifts and Nebraska looks to shore up its 2014 recruiting class. The hiring also marks a departure for Pelini, who doesn't have any direct connections in his coaching tree.
Warren, an Air Force graduate, has served in a number of roles at his alma mater, and just wrapped up his ninth season at the school. Warren just finished his second season as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Air Force. Warren was the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach for four seasons and recruiting coordinator for six seasons prior to 2012. He worked with the secondary his entire career at the school.
"Joining the Nebraska program is a tremendous opportunity for my family and me, and we are extremely excited to be here,” Warren said. “I want to thank all the great folks at Air Force who have helped me over the past nine seasons especially Coach Troy Calhoun.
“Nebraska football has a rich tradition and history and I can't wait to have a chance to lead and work with the current group of players on this team. I am also big-time excited to hit the recruiting trail and start closing in and meeting the future players who want to join this program and do tremendous things in Lincoln. I appreciate the opportunity, and the faith Coach Pelini and his staff have shown by adding me to the staff and now it's time to get to work."
Warren's secondaries have been strong in the past. In 2011, the Falcons ranked third nationally in pass defense with a 166.8 per-game average. Prior to that, the Falcons ranked second nationally in pass defense with a 147.8 per-game average in 2010. The 2009 squad recorded 20 interceptions and helped the team to a +22 turnover margin, which led the nation. The secondary unit led the way for a defense that was first in the conference and ranked fifth nationally in pass defense with a 154.3 mark.
Air Force struggled in 2013, finishing the season with a 2-10 record, and finished 114th in the country in total defense.
Warren is likely in line for a pay bump. He made a base salary of $211,500 last season according to records, and is replacing Joseph who made $245,000 in his final season in Lincoln.
It is somewhat difficult to gauge a recruiter's ability at service academies. Air Force, Army and Navy recruit nationally more than almost any other program in the country, but do so for very specific profiles of players.
Warren, a Georgia native, has recruited in the southeast, unearthing several recruits who ended up being key contributors for the Falcons.
Warren will be Nebraska's fourth defensive backs coach in the past five seasons.