By Marc Weiszer, GateHouse Georgia
ATHENS, GA. — Georgia coach Kirby Smart dipped into another SEC program’s staff to find his new defensive backs coach.
Charlton Warren, who served as cornerbacks coach last season at Florida, replaces Mel Tucker in working with the Bulldogs secondary, the school announced Saturday night.
Tucker served as defensive coordinator the last three seasons for the Bulldogs before becoming head coach at Colorado. No announcement was made about who will fill the coordinator role, but since there are no other openings on staff, an internal hire seems likely.
That could be outside linebackers coach Dan Lanning or perhaps both Lanning and inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann.
The hire of Warren comes with Georgia hosting 2019 and 2020 recruits on visits this weekend.
Warren is an Atlanta native who was a three-year letterman as a defensive back at Air Force, where he was on staff from 2005-13 including a year as defensive coordinator.
He coached in 2017 at Tennessee as defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator. He also coached defensive backs at North Carolina in 2015-16 when he worked with current Georgia defensive line coach Tray Scott and before that at Nebraska in 2014.
“Charlton is from Atlanta and has a wide range of experience coaching defensive football at several universities and conferences around the country,” Smart said in a statement. “His entire coaching career has been on the defensive side of the ball and especially defensive backs. He has developed an outstanding record and reputation in the coaching profession and he’ll bring great knowledge and energy to our staff.”
Warren, 42, worked on former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s staff last year when the Gators improved from tied for 81st in takeaways to tied for 11th with 26. Florida ranked 17th in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
He will now recruit for Georgia in the state he knows well.
“I’m a guy that’s recruited that state for 14 years,” Warren told the Chattanooga Times Free-Press in 2017. “I was raised in that state. I know coaches. I know players. I know former coaches of mine that are now coaches down there. I know former players of mine. I think in this recruiting business, relationships are huge. I think anytime you can go into an area that you know well, you know the back roads, you know the youth programs, you know where guys are coming up — I think that’s huge.”
On Friday, veteran defensive line coach Sal Sunseri left UF to become part of Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama.