Published Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:44 am / Updated at 12:26 am
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NU hires ‘human dynamo,’ Air Force’s DeBerry says

LINCOLN — Charlton Warren spent his first official day as Nebraska secondary coach traveling the country to recruit, a whirlwind-type introduction to his new job that won't be calming down anytime soon.

But two coaches who've worked with the 37-year-old Air Force product say that shouldn't be a problem.

Fisher DeBerry, a retired Air Force coach now in the Hall of Fame, called Warren a “human dynamo” in recruiting. Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said Warren was “probably the best recruiter on the staff” when the two worked together at Air Force from 2007 to 2009.

So it's no wonder Warren didn't want to waste any time to get to work after being officially announced as Nebraska's new defensive backs coach Friday morning.

“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,” Warren said in a statement. “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.”

His first day as a Husker was his birthday, too. He's the third-youngest assistant on NU's staff behind 33-year-old John Garrison and 35-year-old John Papuchis.

Warren replaces Terry Joseph, who was announced as Texas A&M's secondary coach this month.

“Charlton Warren will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff,” NU 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.”

Warren played at Air Force, and in 1997 and 1998 he helped the Falcons to two consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history. He won the program's Mr. Intensity Award as a senior.

He's from Atlanta — which might help explain why Air Force has 14 players from Georgia, the second-highest total from one state on the 2013 roster. Warren was the Falcons' recruiting coordinator from 2006 to 2011. He's spent his entire coaching career at the academy.

It'll be different at Nebraska. But DeBerry said he thinks Warren can handle it.

DeBerry coached Warren at Air Force, then hired his former defensive back a decade ago. Warren's ability to build relationships with his players emerged right away as one of his best coaching attributes, DeBerry said.

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“He's good at understanding the present day athlete,” DeBerry said. “(He) makes a masterful impression in the living room.”

Warren knows how to develop players, too. DeRuyter said he noticed that right away.

When Warren arrived at Air Force, he was assigned to tutor the cornerbacks. DeRuyter, then the defensive coordinator, worked with the safeties.

That setup lasted one year. Warren was the secondary coach from then on.

Under Warren's guidance, Air Force produced a first-team All-Mountain West defensive back for three straight years from 2009 to 2011, according to Nebraska's press release. Reggie Rembert was a coaches first-team All-American in 2010.

Warren is “an extremely hard worker, and extremely bright,” DeRuyter said. “He brings a ton of energy. He's very exact in his coaching technique, demanding of his players.”

Terms of Warren's contract were not available Friday. Warren had a salary of $211,900 in 2013, the highest among Air Force's assistants, according to the most recent data collected by USA Today.

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football and baseball, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008.

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