On Monday, North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren left the program in order to take a job with the University of Tennessee. Less than 12 hours later, we discovered that the Tar Heels had already replaced him with Texas A&M defensive backs coach Terry Joseph, who they signed to a multi-year contract. We know the corresponding moves, but what do they mean for UNC? The loss of Warren will be hard to fill, but Joseph will bring his own strengths with him.
A native of New Orleans, Joseph went to Northwestern State where he played baseball for the Demons. By 1999, he was coaching Louisiana prep football before making the jump to college as a graduate student with LSU in 2006. He spent two years with Louisiana Tech as a secondary coach and recruiting coordinator, and then moved to Tennessee to serve as the defensive backs coach.
In 2012, he was the secondary coach for Nebraska where he coached current UNC linebackers coach John Papuchis. A year later, he moved to Texas A&M to be their defensive backs coach for the next two seasons. When defensive coordinator Mark Snyder left, Joseph remained on staff when John Chavis arrived. Now that head coach Kevin Sumlin is on the hot seat, Joseph has decided to move on before things get hairy.
The Aggies had the no. 4 ranked pass defense in 2015 while under Joseph, but they fell all the way to no. 91 in 2016. For reference, North Carolina ranked no. 16 this past season. Though the Tar Heels have lost Des Lawrence and Dominquie Green this offseason, Joseph will still inherit a strong group of players, including safety Donnie Miles and cornerback M.J. Stewart. The likes of Corey Bell, Miles Dorn, D.J. Ford, Patrice Rene, and K.J. Sails should also see playing time in 2017.
Over his career, Joseph has assisted with recruitment in the Louisiana region and could help the Tar Heels out down south. Joseph has brought in top talent, including five-star wide receiver Speedy Noil and four-star wide receiver Clyde Chriss around the New Orleans area. He heavily recruited safeties, and other secondary players, in Texas while with the Aggies.
It’s been one day and the team’s new coach is already on the recruitment trail. He has been in contact with North Carolina commit Caleb Rozar and is planning to make an in-home visit to the Tennessee native.