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Carolina Football adds Chizik and Warren to defensive staff

HILL OF THE CHAPEL – Two training veterans return to North Carolina football schedule to bolster Tar Heels defense.

Double national champion Chizik gene, a 26-year-old training veteran, has been named Carolina’s assistant head coach for defense, and a 17-year veteran Charlton warren is the new Defensive Co-Coordinator and Defensive Back Coach of the Tar Heels, Head Coach Mack Brown announced on Saturday. The duo return to Chapel Hill after working together on defensive staff during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Chizik, who won the National Coach of the Year award, winner of the Broyles Award and finalist for the Broyles Award while in Carolina, reunites with Brown after serving as Brown’s defensive coordinator in Texas in 2005-06. With his return to training, Chizik becomes one of six active coaches to have won a national championship as a head coach (UNC has two of six). Warren, who was named one of the nation’s top scouts by 247Sports, brings seven years of experience as a defensive coordinator and 15 years of experience as a high school coach at Chapel Hill.

“We are delighted to welcome Gene, his wife Jonna and their three children, Landry Grace, Kennedy Danielle and Cally, back to the Carolina football family,” said Brown. “Gene is one of the great defensive minds of college football and we are delighted to have him return as head of our unit. He has spent the last five years in media studying college football so like me he has had the chance to watch a number of different shots, while staying on top of how the game has evolved over the past few years. Gene has been approached on several occasions for head coach or defensive coordinator positions during of this period but decided it was the best opportunity at the right time for Gene is also very familiar with our current staff, having coached with Tommy thigpen, Tim cross and Larry Porter, and have relationships with a number of our other coaches. He also has experience recruiting in our footprint so we expect our success in this area to continue.

“We are also delighted to welcome Charlton and his three children, Jayree, Teya and Chase, back to the Carolina football family. Charlton has extensive experience in many of the nation’s top programs, has recruited at a high level. level, and with his previous experience at Chapel Hill and working with Gene, I expect him to fit in perfectly with our staff. His work in high school 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 and upcoming roster. We can’t wait for Gene and Charlton to get to Chapel Hill and get started. “

In addition to his pair of national championships, Chizik has won a number of coaching awards, including the Bear Bryant Award, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year Award. , the Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award, the SEC Coach of the Year Award and the Broyles Award. Chizik is also the only coach in the history of college football to coach three consecutive Thorpe Award winners (best defensive back in the country) from 2004 to 2006.

“I want to thank Coach Brown and the administration for welcoming me and my family back to Chapel Hill,” said Chizik. “Having coached here before I know it is a special place and I am delighted to help the program take the next step towards competition and victory in the championships. I am also delighted to be working with the coach again. Brown and a number of assistants. I know this group is doing things the right way and for the right reasons, which is really important to me. We have had several opportunities to resume coaching, but this one is the total package. I’ve seen what the program has become since Coach Brown came back, I know where it’s going, and I’m excited to be a part of it. We can’t wait to go to Chapel Hill, meet all guys and get down to business.

In two seasons as defensive coordinator at UNC from 2015 to 2016, Chizik transformed a unit that ranked 120th in yards per game the season before his arrival. Carolina was the nation’s most improved Power 5 defense in 2015, averaging 14.5 points less per game than the year before. UNC also had the nation’s most improved passing defense in efficiency and yards per passing attempt, and was the fifth most improved team in passing yards per game. Carolina topped the ACC in interceptions, won turnovers, rotational margin and defended passes en route to a record-breaking 11-3 season, a spot in the ACC Championship game and a final No. ° 15 in the two national polls.

In 2016, Chizik led a defensive unit that continued to improve, dropping their yards per game to 5.37 and their yards per game to 408.1. The Tar Heels led the ACC and placed 16th nationally in passing yards allowed. The unit also allowed the fewest touchdown passes in the ACC and placed fourth nationally in the category.

Prior to his job at Chapel Hill, Chizik was head coach at Auburn from 2009-2012 and led the Tigers to three bowl wins, including the 2011 BCS Championship, which followed an unbeaten 2010 season. He achieved unprecedented success at Auburn in his first three years as a head coach. He has won more games (30) than any other coach in school history, including the school’s first national championship in over 50 years. Additionally, Chizik had an Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 970 or more in three of his four seasons, including a 985 in his third year and a 978 in his final season.

Chizik’s second season at Auburn saw the Tigers win the BCS and SEC Championships, while he took home National Coach of the Year honors from Home Depot and Liberty Mutual, as well as Coaching Honors from the SEC year. The 2010 Auburn squad secured a perfect 14-0 record, recording the program’s first title since 1957 and their first conference crown since 2004. Players under Chizik’s tutelage have won several national awards, including Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year. Prize, Lombardi Prize and Thorpe Prize.

Chizik was the defensive coordinator in Texas under Coach Brown when the Longhorns won the 2005 national championship. The Longhorns placed eighth nationally in scoring defense, 10th in total defense and fourth in defense. the efficiency of the passes. In 2006, Chizik’s Longhorn defenders finished second nationally against the rush (58.8 games per game) after 12 games and his aggressive plans resulted in 100 tackles for losses, 96 rushing quarterbacks and 30 flats. take home in the 2006 regular season. Chizik has coached six Longhorns to All-America honors and his defensive players have won 18 All-Big 12 awards during his tenure.

In three years at Auburn as defensive coordinator, Chizik helped the Tigers score 30-9, including an 18-6 record in the Southeast Conference. In those 39 games, the Tigers have managed to defeat nine Top 10 programs, win three bowl games and contain 24 of 39 opponents with two touchdowns or less, including 14 who have hit single digits against their physical defenses. aggressive. He has taught three All-Americans, 10 All-SEC first-team winners and 10 NFL Draft picks over his three seasons.

Warren comes to Chapel Hill after spending last season as a defensive coordinator and linebacker coach in Indiana. Prior to his stint with the Hoosiers, Warren spent two seasons with Georgia’s defensive staff coaching defensive backs. During that time, he helped the Bulldogs win two SEC East titles and two New Year’s Bowls.

“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to return to Chapel Hill,” said Warren. “I’ve obviously been following the Tar Heels since I left, and you can see the program is on the cusp of something special. They’ve recruited extremely well and have a roster of talented players that I’m really looking forward to. to work. I want to thank Coach Brown and the administration for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to starting working with the staff in North Carolina. “

In 2020, Georgia’s defense finished second in the SEC and 12th nationally in total defense, and it finished second in the SEC and 16th nationally in scorers’ defense. Additionally, Warren’s high school produced four NFL Draft picks, including first round Eric Stokes and second round Tyson Campbell.

In his first season at Georgia, Warren was part of a coaching team that led the Bulldogs to their third straight season with 11 or more wins. Georgia dominated the country in scoring and defense, ranking among the FBS leaders in several other categories. The leader of Warren’s first group in high school was safety JR Reed, a 3-year-old starter who won All-America First Team honors and was a finalist for the Thorpe Award.

Warren spent the 2018 season coaching cornerbacks in Florida, where he developed CJ Henderson, who was then selected ninth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent the 2017 season coaching defensive backs of the Tennessee and serve as the program’s task force coordinator. In addition to stops in North Carolina (2015-16) and Nebraska (2014), Warren worked at the US Air Force Academy, his alma mater, from 2005 to 2013 in various roles.

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