Big Red Rundo Warren Hire Officially Announced
WarrenJoins Nebraska Coaching Staff
NebraskaHead Coach Bo Pelini has filled the opening on his coaching staff with thehiring of Charlton Warren as the Huskers' secondary coach.
Warren joinsthe Nebraska staff after nine years on the defensive staff at the Air ForceAcademy, including the past two seasons as associate head coach and defensivecoordinator. Warren was also a standout defensive back for the Falcons in thelate 1990s.
"CharltonWarren will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff," Pelini said. "Heis well respected in the coaching profession and he has been a part of severalsuccessful defenses at Air Force. Charlton has great energy and will be anoutstanding teacher and mentor for our defensive backs. We look forward to himhitting the ground running, both in working with the young men in our programand on the recruiting trail."
Warren saidhe is eager to get to work at a program with a rich tradition like Nebraska.
"Joiningthe Nebraska program is a tremendous opportunity for my family and me, and weare extremely excited to be here," Warren said. "I want to thank all the greatfolks at Air Force who have helped me over the past nine seasons especiallyCoach Troy Calhoun.
"Nebraskafootball has a rich tradition and history and I can't wait to have a chance tolead and work with the current group of players on this team. I am alsobig-time excited to hit the recruiting trail and start closing in and meetingthe future players who want to join this program and do tremendous things inLincoln. I appreciate the opportunity, and the faith Coach Pelini and hisstaff have shown by adding me to the staff and now it's time to get to work."
Warren willinherit a Nebraska secondary that returns a pair of starters in 2014 seniorsCorey Cooper at safety and Josh Mitchell at cornerback. Nebraska has a historyof ranking among the nation's top pass defenses and led the Big Ten in passingyards allowed and opponent pass completion percentage during conference gamesin 2013.
Warren, whoturns 37 on Friday, has spent the past nine seasons coaching at Air Force,working directly with the defensive backs all nine years with the Falcons.Warren has also earned a reputation as the Falcons' top recruiter andcoordinated Air Force's recruiting efforts for six seasons from 2006 to 2011.
Air Force'ssecondary was a strong point for the Falcon defense during Warren's time inColorado Springs. The Air Force pass defense often ranked among the best in thecountry, helping the Falcons to six bowl games in Warren's nine seasons as anassistant coach.
In 2011, the Air Force pass defense ranked third in passing yards allowed pergame at 166.8 yards per game and sixth in the country in pass efficiencydefense. In 2010, the Falcon secondary was even better, ranking secondnationally by allowing just 147.8 passing yards per game. The play of thedefensive backfield helped Air Force to a 9-4 record, capped by a victory overGeorgia Tech in the Independence Bowl.
The 2009defense also excelled against the pass under Warren's direction, helping the teamto a trip to the Armed Forces Bowl. Air Force ranked seventh nationally with 20interceptions, helping the team lead the nation in turnover margin. The 2009Falcons also ranked in the top 20 nationally in passing yards allowed (fifth),total defense (11th) and pass efficiency defense (17th).
Warren wasalso a member of the Air Force staff for 2007 and 2008 trips to the ArmedForces Bowl, when the Falcons posted 9-4 and 8-5 records, respectively.
Individually,several Falcon defenders excelled under Warren's direction. Air Force produceda first-team All-Mountain West defensive back for three straight years from2009 to 2011. In 2010, Reggie Rembert capped an outstanding career, earningfirst-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Associationand third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press. Rembert was also atwo-time first-team all-conference pick and was selected as the NFLPA ServiceAcademy Player of the Year in 2010.
Anthony Wright was a second-team all-conference pick in 2011 and finished hiscareer with 12 interceptions to rank fourth in Air Force history. Chris Thomasalso excelled under Warren's coaching, earning all-conference honors threetimes and ranking among the school's all-time leaders in tackles and interceptions.Warren also coached Carson Bird to first-team all-conference and All-Americahonors in 2007.
In additionto his nine seasons of experience at Air Force, Warren was selected by theHouston Texans to participate in the NFL's minority internship program in 2007.Warren spent time in training camp with the Texans, and took part in defensiveand special teams sessions.
Warrengraduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in humanfactors engineering. He was a standout defensive back for the Falcons earningthree letters. Warren won the team's Mr. Intensity Award as a senior, andhelped the program to consecutive 10-win seasons in 1997 and 1998, including a12-1 record and outright conference title in 1998.
Followinghis college career, Warren performed his active service as a systemsacquisitions program manager at both Warner Robbins AFB in Georgia and ElginAir Force Base in Florida. Warren earned his MBA from Georgia College and StateUniversity in 2003.
An Atlanta native, Warren and his wife Jocelyn, have two daughters, Jayree andTeya, and a son, Chase.
2014--Nebraska,Assistant Coach, Secondary
2012-13--AirForce, Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Secondary
2008-11--AirForce, Co-Defensive Coordinator, Secondary, Recruiting Coordinator
2005-07--AirForce, Assistant Coach, Secondary, Recruiting Coordinator
Courtesy UNL Sports Information