Warren Belin, a 12-year veteran of collegiate
coaching, will continue the rich tradition of developing top-quality
linebackers at Vanderbilt. He will direct the linebacking
corps for Coach Johnson.
Belin, 34, served in a similar role at Southern
Methodist for the last five years. During his SMU tenure,
Belin continued the schoolís strong linebacking reputation
and stingy defenses. At least one Mustang linebacker was named
All-Western Athletic Conference each year of Belinís service.
Vic Viloria, a preseason Butkus Award candidate in 2001, was
named first team All-WAC as a junior and led the conference
in tackles as a sophomore. Another of Belinís pupils, Jason
Simonton, was an All-WAC selection in 1998 and 1999. A third
linebacker and former Buktus Award candidate, Chris Bordano,
was All-WAC and the conferenceís Western Division Defensive
Player of the Year in 1997.
Prior to joining the SMU staff, Belin worked
as an assistant coach at William & Mary, tutoring the defensive
line in 1995 and linebackers in 1996 when the squad went 10-3,
winning the Yankee Conference championship and going to the
I-AA quarterfinals. He also served three years as a linebackers
coach at Cornell (1991, 1993-94) and a year as linebackers
coach at East Tennessee State in 1992.
A native of Marshville, N.C., Belin was a
three-year starter and four-year letterman at Wake Forest
from 1987-90. He earned a bachelorís degree in Health and
Sports Science from Wake Forest, graduating cum laude. He
was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team
in 1990, and was a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
Belin is active in FCA. Belin is married to
the former,Yolanda Taylor, an assistant women's track and
field coach at Vanderbilt. They are the proud parents of a