Maurice Drayton begins his first year with the Golden Eagles and will take on the responsibility of coaching the Southern Miss secondary.
Drayton previously spent two seasons at Coastal Carolina University where he served as the assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach.
In his first season at Coastal Carolina, he molded the special teams into, at season's end, a feared weapon with Niccolo Mastromatteo earning second team All-Big South. Mastromatteo set a Big South record with 32 punt returns while averaging an impressive 24.1 yards per punt return.
Drayton was just as successful with his receiving corps. Brandon Whitley was named second team All-Big South, catching six touchdown passes to rank second-best in the Big South, while Marquel Willis averaged 15.4 yards on his 29 receptions and Matt Hazel hauled in five TDs, including three in an upset win over Liberty.
Prior to Coastal Carolina, Drayton spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons at South Carolina State, where he helped the Bulldogs to two straight NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision appearances and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles as the defensive backs and special teams coach.
In 2009, South Carolina State ranked seventh nationally in pass defense, improving from 21st the previous year, while ranking fifth in overall defense. In the special team, the Bulldogs ranked 17th in both punt and kickoff returns, while Oliver Brown was 12th individually in kick returns. In his first season at South Carolina State, Aaron Haire ranked 14th in punting and two of his player ranked among the top 10 in the league in interceptions.
Prior to his stint at South Carolina State, he was the assistant principal and assistant coach Goose Creek High School (2007) after spending the 2006 season as the defensive coordinator for the Seinajoki Crocodiles of the European Football League in Seinajoki, Finland. He also served a stint with the Charleston Swamp Foxes of the Arena 2 Football League in 2000-02 and has done internships with the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.
A native of Moncks Corner, Drayton spent a total of 12 seasons at The Citadel as a player, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (1998) and Master of Education (2007) at The Citadel.
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