LINCOLN — Nebraska has reportedly filled the open coaching position on its staff.
Charlton Warren, who spent the last nine seasons at Air Force, is expected to be announced as the Huskers’ new defensive backs coach. Terry Joseph left NU earlier this month to take the secondary coaching job at Texas A&M.
CoachingSearch.com and Football Scoop — two websites covering movement within the coaching industry — reported Thursday that Warren has accepted the job as the Huskers’ secondary coach. A published report in the Colorado Springs Gazette on Thursday night also linked Warren to Nebraska.
A phone message left at Warren’s home Thursday night was not returned. Attempts to reach NU coach Bo Pelini were unsuccessful Thursday.
Pelini has been looking to find the Huskers’ fourth secondary coach in five years ever since Joseph confirmed on Jan. 6 that he planned to accept a job offer from Texas A&M.
Warren has worked with the Air Force secondary during his entire coaching tenure at the Academy, where he was a three-year letterman at defensive back before graduating in 1999. He’s a native of Atlanta, and his Georgia ties have apparently proved beneficial for the service academy located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
There were 14 players from Georgia listed on Air Force’s 2013 roster. Texas was the only state with more.
Warren served as the program’s recruiting coordinator for six years. He took over as co-defensive coordinator in 2012.
The Falcons’ secondary helped the defense rank second nationally in pass defense (147.8 yards per game) in 2010. Air Force was fifth in pass defense (154.3) in 2009, when the Falcons also forced 20 interceptions (only six teams had more).
But the Falcon defense struggled in 2013, giving up an average of 40 points per game (118th nationally) and 490.3 yards per game (116th).
Air Force announced last week that Brian Knorr, the defensive coordinator at Wake Forest last season, would join the coaching staff in an undisclosed capacity.
Warren had a base salary of $210,000 in 2013, the highest figure among Air Force’s assistants, according to the most recent data collected by USA Today.