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It’s official: Warren named IU’s new defensive coordinator

The next defensive coordinator of the Tom Allen era is now in place

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North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren celebrates an interception with cornerback Des Lawrence during a game in 2015.
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We learned a week and a half ago that Georgia defensive backs coach Charlton Warren was tabbed to be IU’s new defensive coordinator. On Tuesday, the university made it official.

Of note from Indiana’s announcement: Warren will oversee Indiana’s linebackers — filling both of the jobs previously occupied by Kane Wommack. It will be the first time in his 16-year coaching career that Warren will work with linebackers.

“Charlton is a man of high character, a strong leader, a great recruiter and has the ability to pull greatness out of his players,” IU coach Tom Allen said in a statement. “I look forward to him capturing the hearts and minds of our defensive players and coaches as he continues to build our defense. We are pleased to welcome Charlton and his family to Bloomington.”

According to the Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana is committing a significant amount of money to Warren in his new position. The new coordinator will reportedly make $700,000 in Year 1 and $725,000 annually after that. Last year, Wommack made $460,000. Offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan is making $450,000 per year, according to his latest contract.

Warren has previous coordinator experience from his time at Air Force, working — and largely sharing the duties — in that role from 2008 to 2013. The 44-year-old has also recently coached the secondary at Nebraska (2014), North Carolina (2015-16), Tennessee (2017) and Florida (2018). He spent the past two years on the Bulldogs’ staff.

Last year, he was ranked the 18th-best recruiter in the country by 247 Sports.

“I am humbled Coach Allen has given me the opportunity to lead this awesome group of young men as Indiana University’s defensive coordinator,” Warren said in a statement. “I cannot wait to help this team achieve greatness on and off the field.”