LINCOLN, Neb. - On Friday, Nebraska announced the hiring of new secondary coach Charlton Warren. Warren previously was at Air Force for nine seasons, including the last two years as the Falcon’s defensive coordinator.
“Charlton Warren will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said in a statement. “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.”
Nebraska needed to fill the position after the departure of Terry Joseph, who took the same position at Texas A&M. The past two seasons Nebraska’s secondary has ranked among the best in the Big Ten and the NCAA in passing defense.
"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.
Joseph was known as a coach who could recruit in SEC country, but Warren also has experience in the South, especially in the Georgia area. He also served as a recruiting coordinator at Air Force for three seasons.
“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,” said Warren. “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."
The hiring announcement should not come as a surprise to Nebraska fans. The Husker coaching staff will host four official visitors this weekend, including two defensive backs. A secondary coach was needed as quickly as possible as Nebraska tries to fill out the 2014 recruiting class.
Three seasons ago, Air Force ranked third in passing yards allowed at 166.9 per game and six in pass efficiency defense. In 2010, much the same, second nationally in passing yards per game (147.8).
Warren will inherit two returning starters in the Nebraska secondary: cornerback Josh Mitchell and safety Corey Cooper. The position is one of the more interesting to watch during spring, as the Huskers look to fill a starting safety spot, cornerback, and nickel.
Big Red Report will have more on the hiring of Warren later today.
*** Information from the Nebraska press release was included in this report. ***