New Citadel coach Brent Thompson will retain defensive coordinator Maurice Drayton

Jeff Hartsell
January 20, 2016

The Citadel interviewed coordinators Brent Thompson and Maurice Drayton for the job of head football coach. As it turns out, the Bulldogs will be able to keep both of them.

Offensive coordinator Brent Thompson was formally introduced Wednesday morning as the Bulldogs’ 25th head coach, replacing Mike Houston, hired Monday at James Madison University. And Thompson said Wednesday that Drayton, a 1998 Citadel graduate, will stay on as defensive coordinator, with a promotion to assistant head coach.

That news was greeted with applause at Thompson’s introductory news conference at Johnson Hagood Stadium. “Coach Drayton is an integral part of what we do here,” Thompson said. “He’s got inside knowledge of the institution, inside knowledge of the state of South Carolina and he’s a great Lowcountry recruiter. He’s a fabulous resource for us. “He’s going to be my assistant head coach, and everything that we do will be run through him as well, and we’ll make a lot of joint decisions.”

Thompson will receive a five-year contract at $175,000 per year with built-in annual raises, athletic director Jim Senter said. Drayton also will receive a pay raise as assistant head coach, Senter said.


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