KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — New secondary coach Charlton Warren received a heavy raise to come to Tennessee.
On Monday, the former North Carolina defensive backs coach agreed to a two-year contract worth an annual salary of $450,000, according to Tennessee officials. Warren will officially sign the deal later this week.
The 39-year-old assistant will net more than a $135,ooo pay-bump after making $314,650 with the Tar Heels in 2016, per USA Today coaching database.
As SEC Country first reported, Warren emerged as a leading candidate to replace Vols defensive backs coach Willie Martinez, who was on his way out.
Martinez spent four seasons on staff and still had a year left on his deal, which was set to expire on Feb. 28, 2018. The longtime secondary coach is owed the remaining balance of his contact, worth around $430,000, per school officials.
Warren comes to Tennessee after two seasons at UNC and one year at Nebraska. He’s an Atlanta native and an Air Force alum. He was the senior captain with the Falcons in 1998, helping the team go 12-1 and earning the “Mr. Intensity Award.”
Last season at UNC, the Heels ranked No. 10 nationally in passing defense. They also allowed the fourth-fewest passing touchdowns (11) in the country.
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