Indiana defensive coordinator Charlton Warren will leave his post and become the co-defensive coordinator at North Carolina, the Tar Heels announced today. Warren was at Indiana for one season and is leaving to work with one of his mentors, Gene Chizik, whom the Tar Heels announced would be the team's new assistant head coach for defense. Chizik will call the defensive plays for the Tar Heels.
Warren previously worked for Chizik at North Carolina in 2015 and 2016, when he was the team's defensive backs coach and Chizik was the defensive coordinator.
"Charlton has a wealth of experience at a number of the top programs around the country, has recruited at a high level, and with his previous experience in Chapel Hill and working with Gene, I expect him to be a great fit with our staff," Tar Heels coach Mack Brown said in a statement. "His work in the secondary has been very impressive throughout his career, and I'm excited to see what he can do with the talented players we have both on the current roster and coming in."
Warren was hired to run Indiana's defense following the departure of former coordinator Kane Wommack, who became the head coach at South Alabama. The 44-year-old Air Force graduate led a defense that gave up 33.3 points per game, 109th in the country. The previous season, the Hoosiers had ranked 20th nationally in scoring defense at 20.2 points per contest. Indiana's yards per play numbers were much more similar year-over-year: the Hoosiers surrendered 5.3 yards per snap in 2020 and 5.6 in 2021.
Indiana has already replaced its offensive coordinator this offseason, letting go of Nick Sheridan just days after the Hoosiers completed a 2-10 campaign that was arguably the most disappointing in all of FBS relative to preseason expectations (North Carolina is also in that conversation after turning a preseason top 10 ranking into a 6-7 record). Hoosiers coach Tom Allen hired former Massachusetts head coach and Florida State and Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell to lead the offense and must now look for a defensive coordinator, as well.