Florida coach Dan Mullen announced another new hire to his coaching staff Friday, adding Tennessee defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator Charlton Warren.
Warren launched his coaching career at the Air Force Academy, his alma mater, from 2005-13 before spending a season coaching the defensive backs at Nebraska, two seasons in the same role at North Carolina and then last season with the Vols.
He is the fifth assistant coach Mullen has hired since taking over the program, following offensive assistants Billy Gonzales, John Hevesy and Brian Johnson and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Those four and new Gators strength coach Nick Savage worked with Mullen at Mississippi State.
While Florida didn’t announce official roles for any of the new hires other than Grantham, Gonzales worked with the wide receivers and oversaw the passing game at Mississippi State; Hevesy worked with the offensive line and directed the running game, and he and Gonzales shared the co-offensive coordinator title. Johnson previously worked as the Bulldogs quarterbacks coach before spending last season as the offensive coordinator at Houston.
Florida also has two holdovers from the previous staff in linebackers coach Tim Skipper and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider, though there has not been an official announcement about their long-term status.
It was reported earlier Friday that Brad Davis, the Gators offensive line coach last season, was taking the same position at Missouri, while another temporary holdover, defensive line coach Chris Rumph, left earlier to take a job at Tennessee.
Warren’s role at Florida also wasn’t specified in the news release. Last season at Mississippi State, with Grantham as his defensive coordinator, Mullen had separate coaches for the cornerbacks and safeties, so it remains to be seen what Warren’s official responsibilities will be with the Gators.
Warren was a three-year letterman at defensive back for Air Force and upon graduation fulfilled his service requirements as a systems acquisitions manager at both Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
He then went into coaching, serving as a co-defensive coordinator for four of his seasons at Air Force and as associate head coach/defensive coordinator for his last two.
During Warren’s lone season at Nebraska, the Cornhuskers ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense and 32nd in passing yards allowed in 2014.
In his stint at North Carolina, the Tar Heels ranked 10th nationally in fewest passing yards allowed in 2016 (180.8 per game).
And at Tennessee this fall, the Vols gave up the sixth-fewest passing yards (161.7 per game) among all FBS teams.
Florida still has holes to fill on its coaching staff with at least three more spots available, even if Seider and Skipper are retained. Depending on what roles are assigned to the coaches hired so far, Florida needs a defensive line coach, a tight ends coach and potentially a special teams coordinator or second defensive backs coach if Mullen and Grantham maintain the same structure they had last season at Mississippi State.