Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has filled the opening on his staff, announcing Friday the hiring of Charlton Warren as secondary coach, the Huskers' fourth secondary coach in the last five years.
Warren comes to Lincoln from the Air Force Academy where he served as associate head coach and defensive coordinator for the past two seasons.
“Charlton Warren will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff,” said Pelini. “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.”
Warren replaces Terry Joseph, who left two weeks ago to become secondary coach at Texas A&M.
Warren said he is eager to get to work at a program with a rich tradition like Nebraska. "Joining the Nebraska program is a tremendous opportunity for my family and me and we are extremely excited to be here. 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 inherits a secondary that returns a pair of starters in 2014 seniors Corey Cooper at safety and Josh Mitchell at cornerback. Nebraska led the Big Ten in passing yards allowed and opponent pass completion percentage during conference games in 2013.
Warren, who turned 37 Friday, has spent the past nine seasons coaching at Air Force, working directly with the defensive backs. Warren has also earned a reputation as the Falcons’ top recruiter and coordinated Air Force’s recruiting efforts for six seasons from 2006-2011.
The Air Force pass defense often ranked among the best in the country, helping the Falcons to six bowl games in Warren’s nine seasons as an assistant coach.
Warren was a standout defensive back for the Falcons earning three letters. He won the team’s Mr. Intensity Award as a senior and helped the program to consecutive 10-win seasons in 1997 and 1998, including a 12-1 record and outright conference title in 1998.