Johnson Announces Four More Additions to Coaching Staff
Jan. 6, 2012
Southern Miss football coach Ellis Johnson announced Friday four more assistant coach appointments to his staff, including defensive line coach Lorenzo Costantini, secondary coach Maurice Drayton, wide receiver coach Broderick Fobbs and offensive line coach Tucker Peavey.
Costantini comes to Southern Miss after spending the previous five years at Conference USA member UAB. Prior to his stint at UAB, he coached the defensive line of the Tulane Green Wave for three years.
While at UAB, Costantini helped develop defensive tackle Elliott Henigan into an all-conference performer. Costantini also has spent time at two other C-USA schools before they became league members. He served on the staff at UCF from 2000-03 and at his alma mater, UTEP, from 1995-99.
While at UCF, his 2002 defensive line ranked third in the Mid-American Conference with 31 sacks. The 2000 and 2001 Knight defense ranked in the Top 30 in the nation.
At UCF, he coached a pair of players who went on to the NFL in Elton Patterson, an All-MAC selection who was a seventh-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003, and Josh McKibben, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Costantini was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive tackle for the Miners from 1986-90 and graduated in 1990. He began his collegiate coaching career at UTEP in 1995 as the team's strength and conditioning coach and was promoted to defensive line coach a year later. At UTEP,Costantini coached four players who earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors eight times during their careers.
Topping the list was Brian Young, the 1999 WAC Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time All-WAC choice. He was a fourth-round NFL selection of the St. Louis Rams.
Costantini attended high school in Houston before moving on to college at UTEP. He was a member of the Miners' team that won a school-record 10 games and earned a trip to the Independence Bowl in 1988.
Costantini and his wife, Merritt, have a 8-year old son, Rocco, and a 7-year old daughter, Sofia.
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, S.C., 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.
Fobbs, who most recently spent five seasons at McNeese State, served as the Cowboys co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. He mentored players Quinten Lawrence, who was drafted and played for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Steven Whitehead, to all-star status during his stay in Lake Charles.
The former Grambling State standout, under legendary coach Eddie Robinson, served as a two-time team cap¬tain and honor roll student for the Tigers. He led the Southwestern Athletic Conference in yards per carry of 7.1 one season. He earned his Bachelor's Degree for the university in 1997.
Fobbs played on SWAC championship teams at Grambling and coached them in the Southland Conference at Northwestern State, where he mentored and recruited two of the most productive re-ceivers in Northwestern State history, Derrick Doyle and Toby Zeigler, who rank No. 1 and No. 2 at the school in receptions, respectively. He spent the 2002-2006 in Natchitoches.
During his stay at NSU, Fobbs served an NFL Minority Internship with the Buffalo Bills in 2005 and also has coached the Arena League II Lafayette, La., franchise. He also worked as an offensive graduate assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette during the 2000-01 seasons.
He is married to the former Kimbia Jones, and the couple has two children, Kyndal Elise and Rylee Hollis.
Peavey, a Brookhaven, Miss., native, returns to Southern Miss after enjoying a successful run as a high school coach at his alma mater, Brookhaven High. In nine seasons under Peavey, Brookhaven tallied a 74-32 record mark, making him the winningest coach in that school's history. He captured one Class 4A state title in 2004 and was the Class 5A runner-up in 2010.
He retired from his coaching post after the 2010 campaign and kept his role as athletics director the last year.
Peavey got his coaching start at Southern Miss, where he was a student coach during the 1983 and 1984 seasons and graduated from the University in 1986.
Peavey began his full-time coaching career at Petal High School under both Rush McKay and Pat Davis before going to LSU in 1988-90 as a graduate assistant coach under Mike Archer where he worked exclusively with the offensive line.
He later became offensive coordinator at Itawamba Community College for one year. Following a brief stint as offensive coordinator at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, La., he joined the staff at Louisiana-Monroe.
Following his time at ULM, Peavey spent three seasons (1999-2001) at Louisiana-Monroe before taking the head job at Pearl River Community College in January of 2002. His stint there was brief, as he got the opportunity to return to his high school alma mater as both coach and athletic director.
He is married to the former Leah Ann Holtslander of Natchez. They have four children and one grandson. The children are Lauren Landry, Ashley Holtslander, Nick Peavey and Emily Freeman.
The four coaches join assistant head coach/running backs coach Steve Buckley, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rickey Bustle and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Tommy West to the staff.