Warren Belin Joins Vanderbilt Staff

Former Southern Methodist assistant Warren Belin has joined the Vanderbilt defensive coaching staff, Commodore Head Coach Bobby Johnson announced Thursday.

Belin, 34, worked as linebacker coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at SMU since joining the staff in 1997. He also has collegiate coaching experience at Cornell, East Tennessee State and William & Mary.

"I am pleased to announce that Warren is joining our staff," Johnson said. "He has great personal character and is a highly regarded football coach, one that is sure to benefit Vanderbilt student-athletes on and off the field."

Belin becomes the fifth coach on Johnson's Vanderbilt staff joining:

  • Bruce Fowler, Defensive Coordinator - former Furman defensive coordinator.
  • Robbie Caldwell, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach - former North Carolina line coach.
  • Ted Cain, offensive coach - former Furman tight ends/wide receivers coach.
  • Jimmy Kiser, offensive coach - former Richmond offensive coordinator
Belin worked for Mike Cavan at SMU, and continued the Mustangs tradition of quality linebackers.

During Belin's tenure, at least one SMU linebacker was named All-Western Athletic Conference each year. His latest pupil, Vic Viloria, was a 2001 Preseason Butkus Award candidate.

Prior to joining SMU, Belin worked as an assistant coach at William & Mary for two seasons. In 1996, he helped the W&M to a 10-3 record and conference title. He held earlier positions at Cornell and ETSU.

Belin, a native of Marshville, N.C., graduated from Wake Forest in 1990. He was a three-year starter and four year letterman at linebacker for the Demon Deacons.

He graduated cum laude, and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll in 1988 and 1989, and ACC All-Academic in 1990.

At SMU, he was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as FCA campus advisor.

His wife, Yolanda Taylor-Belin, is the current assistant track and field coach at SMU.

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