Sources: Citadel to add two new assistant coaches

Citadel Alum Maurice Drayton is back home!
Citadel Alum Maurice Drayton is back home!

by Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com
Posted on January 15, 2014

Sources say new Citadel football coach Mike Houston is rounding out his staff with a couple of new hires from outside the program.

Former Citadel player and assistant coach Maurice Drayton and South Carolina State assistant coach Joel Taylor, who worked with Houston at Lenoir-Rhyne, will join the Bulldogs’ staff, sources say. Coachingsearch.com also reported the Drayton hire.

A native of Moncks Corner and a Berkeley High School graduate, Drayton played in the secondary for the Bulldogs, graduating in 1998. During coaching stints at The Citadel, South Carolina State and Coastal Carolina, Drayton earned a reputation as an effective recruiter. He coached the 2012 season at Southern Miss, where he coached the secondary for former Citadel head coach Ellis Johnson, now the defensive coordinator at Auburn.

Coach Taylor

Coach Joel Taylor

Taylor, who played defensive back at S.C. State and graduated in 2004, was an assistant coach at S.C. State from 2004-08 before going to Lenoir-Rhyne for the 2009 season, when Houston was the Bears’ defensive coordinator. Taylor returned to S.C. State in 2010, and has been the secondary coach since then.

The Citadel has made no official announcement on assistant coaches, other than former L-R offensive coordinator Brent Thompson as the Bulldogs’ OC.

Other coaches expected to join The Citadel from Lenoir-Rhyne are OL coach Ron Boyd, LB coach Blake Harrell, DL coach Roy Tesh and RB coach Lou Conte. Citadel recruiting coordinator J.P. Gunter and TE coach Scott Yielding are expected to stay on.

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