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March 22, 2013

Belin comes home

Wake Forest announced the hire of former Demon Deacon Warren Belin as the new inside linebackers coach Thursday, March 21.

"I've been talking with Warren for a long, long time," Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe said. "I would've loved to have stolen him from Bobby Johnson back in the day, but my staff stayed together so much that I didn't really have that opportunity. I don't know if I could have, but I would have liked to have tried."

"I think he's excited to be back. It's nice to have somebody that is not only a good person and a good coach, but somebody that loves Wake Forest."

Belin's homecoming enables Derrick Jackson to move to the secondary as Tim Duffie's replacement, while defensive coordinator Brian Knorr switches from inside linebackers to coaching the outside linebackers.

"Warren's working to catch up pretty quick, but I think with Taylor Stubblefield coming in for Lonnie Galloway and now getting Warren Belin is really good for us," Grobe said.

"I think Derrick Jackson always played, was a really good player at Duke at safety and I've always felt like he should be in secondary coaching, because he played back there, so this is really an opportunity for me to put Derrick where I thought he belonged and really get a linebacker coach. I think we've really helped ourselves with Taylor Stubblefield and with Warren Belin, and I'm really excited to get Derrick Jackson back into the secondary."

Belin, who played at Wake from 1986-1990, began his coaching career at Cornell (1991, 1993-94) before making stops at East Tennessee State (1992), William & Mary (1995-96), SMU (1997-2001), Vanderbilt (2002-09), Georgia (2010) and the NFL's Carolina Panthers (2011-12).

He made 236 tackles as a Demon Deacon.

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