Coaches

Maurice Drayton
Assistant Special Teams Coach
College:
Citadel
Hometown:
Moncks Corner, SC
Experience:
2

Maurice Drayton enters his second season as the assistant special teams coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He has 18 years of coaching experience, including nine seasons at his alma mater, The Citadel. Drayton spent 2013-14 as a summer coaching intern with the Colts.

 

In his first season with Indianapolis in 2016, Drayton assisted punter Pat McAfee in earning his second career Pro Bowl selection after leading the league in punting average (49.3) and ranking third in net punting average (42.7). McAfee’s punting average set a new Colts single-season record. Kicker Adam Vinatieri converted 27-of-31 field goals and 44 PATs for 125 points. He registered the 19th 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. Vinatieri connected on 25 consecutive field goals to end the 2015 season and made his first 19 field goals of the 2016 season to set a new NFL record for consecutive field goals made (44). He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5) and AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (October).

 

Additionally, the Colts ranked fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.1). Running back Jordan Todman handled most of the kickoff return duties in 2016 and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 9) after registering two kickoff returns for 160 yards (80.0 avg.) and one touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. His 80.0 kickoff return average set a Colts single-game record with a minimum of two returns. Todman finished the season with 16 kickoff returns for 478 yards (29.9 avg.) and one touchdown. His 29.9 kickoff return average ranked third in the NFL among players with at least 15 total returns.

 

In 2015, Drayton’s unit helped lead The Citadel to a 9-4 record and a co-Southern Conference championship. The team won six conference games in 2015, which tied the single-season program record for conference wins. The Bulldogs’ nine overall victories were the second-highest total in school history. The season was highlighted by the program’s first road playoff victory over Coastal Carolina to advance to the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the second time in school history. The Bulldogs boasted one of the best defenses in the Southern Conference in 2015 and ranked second in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, sacks and pass efficiency. The Citadel ranked first in the FCS with a school-record 515 interception return yards and five interception return touchdowns. The Bulldogs led the Southern Conference and ranked third in the FCS with 20 interceptions, which was the third-highest single-season total in team history. The Citadel also led the conference with 31 turnovers forced, 11 fumble recoveries, 10 passing touchdowns allowed, the lowest opponent third down percentage (.365) and averaged 6.5 tackles for loss per game.

 

Many of Drayton’s players received various honors throughout the season as the Bulldogs had two of the three Southern Conference Defensive Players of the Month. Defensive lineman Mitchell Jeter was voted the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and defensive lineman Joe Crochet was named The Citadel’s first First Team Academic All-America selection since 1989. Jeter and cornerback Dee Delaney earned All-America status, and were joined by linebacker Tevin Floyd, defensive lineman Mark Thomas and safety Kailik Williams on the All-Southern Conference teams. Linebacker Quinlan Washington and defensive lineman Ken Allen were named to the All-Southern Conference Freshman Team as well.

 

In 2014, Drayton was instrumental in the development of defensive lineman Justin Oxendine who finished the season with 7.5 sacks, which were the most since the turn of the century. Oxendine earned a spot in the Medal of Honor Bowl. Drayton also guided Delaney to the All-Southern Conference Freshman Team after registering 51 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and three passes defensed.

 

In 2013, Drayton served as a guest coach with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He assisted with the defense and special teams.

 

Prior to his second stint at The Citadel, Drayton served as the secondary coach at Southern Mississippi (2012), assistant head coach/special teams/wide receivers coach at Coastal Carolina (2010-11) and special teams/defensive backs coach at South Carolina State (2008-09).

 

While at Coastal Carolina, Drayton helped Niccolo Mastromatteo earn Second Team All-Big South honors as a punt returner in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Mastromatteo set a school record for kickoff returns. In 2010, he set a Big South and Chanticleers record with 32 punt returns. On the offensive side of the ball, Drayton coached Coastal Carolina wide receiver Matt Hazel to Second Team All-Big South honors in 2011 after ranking third in the conference with six touchdown receptions. Hazel competed in five games with the Miami Dolphins in 2015.

 

At South Carolina State, Drayton helped the Bulldogs win two straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles and NCAA playoff berths. In 2009, South Carolina State ranked seventh nationally in pass defense and fifth in total defense. Drayton coached defensive backs Phillip Adams and Rafael Bush to all-conference honors in 2009. Adams led the team in interceptions (five) and passes defensed (nine) in 2008. He has spent six seasons in the NFL on a variety of teams. Bush has also spent six seasons in the league with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. The Bulldogs ranked 17th in both punt and kickoff returns in 2009, while returner Oliver Brown ranked 12th in kickoff returns. Kicker Blake Erickson was named First Team All-MEAC. In 2008, South Carolina State tied for the conference lead with 19 interceptions, as two of Drayton’s defensive backs (Adams and Terrence Smith) ranked in the top 10 in the conference in interceptions. Defensive back Markee Hamlin was named First Team All-MEAC and punter Aaron Haire ranked 14th in punting.

 

Drayton was an assistant coach at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School in 2007. He served as the defensive coordinator of the Seinajoki (Finland) Crocodiles of the European Football League in 2006. Drayton was an assistant coach with the Charleston Swamp Foxes of the Arena 2 Football League from 2000-02. He also completed internships with the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers in addition to the Colts.

 

After concluding his playing career at The Citadel in 1998, Drayton began his coaching career for the Bulldogs the following season as a graduate assistant/secondary coach. During his first coaching tenure in Charleston, he would serve as tight ends/offensive tackles coach (2000), wide receivers coach (2001), outside linebackers coach (2002) and secondary/special teams coach (2003-05).

 

A native of Moncks Corner, S.C., Drayton was a defensive back for The Citadel from 1994-98. He started at cornerback in his final two seasons and totaled 145 tackles, 17 passes defensed and three interceptions during his career. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1998) and master’s degree in education (2007) at The Citadel.

 

Drayton is married and has two kids.

 

Coaching Career

1999                The Citadel                                          Graduate Assistant/Secondary

2000                The Citadel                                          Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles

2000-2002       Charleston Swamp Foxes                  Assistant Coach

                        (Arena 2 Football League)

2001                The Citadel                                          Wide Receivers

2002                The Citadel                                          Outside Linebackers

2003-2005       The Citadel                                          Secondary/Special Teams

2006                Seinajoki (Finland) Crocodiles            Defensive Coordinator

                        (European Football League)

2007                Goose Creek (S.C.) High School       Assistant Coach

2008-2009       South Carolina State                           Special Teams/Defensive Backs

2010-2011       Coastal Carolina                                 Assistant Head Coach/Special

Teams/Wide Receivers

2012                Southern Mississippi                           Secondary

2013                Montreal Alouettes                              Guest Coach (Defense/Special Teams)

                        (Canadian Football League)

2014-2015       The Citadel                                          Assistant Head Coach/Defensive

Coordinator/Cornerbacks

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                                Assistant Special Teams

Maurice Drayton enters his second season as the assistant special teams coach of the Indianapolis Colts. He has 18 years of coaching experience, including nine seasons at his alma mater, The Citadel. Drayton spent 2013-14 as a summer coaching intern with the Colts.

 

In his first season with Indianapolis in 2016, Drayton assisted punter Pat McAfee in earning his second career Pro Bowl selection after leading the league in punting average (49.3) and ranking third in net punting average (42.7). McAfee’s punting average set a new Colts single-season record. Kicker Adam Vinatieri converted 27-of-31 field goals and 44 PATs for 125 points. He registered the 19th 100-point season of his career, which extended his NFL record. Vinatieri connected on 25 consecutive field goals to end the 2015 season and made his first 19 field goals of the 2016 season to set a new NFL record for consecutive field goals made (44). He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5) and AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (October).

 

Additionally, the Colts ranked fourth in the NFL in kickoff return average (25.1). Running back Jordan Todman handled most of the kickoff return duties in 2016 and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 9) after registering two kickoff returns for 160 yards (80.0 avg.) and one touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. His 80.0 kickoff return average set a Colts single-game record with a minimum of two returns. Todman finished the season with 16 kickoff returns for 478 yards (29.9 avg.) and one touchdown. His 29.9 kickoff return average ranked third in the NFL among players with at least 15 total returns.

 

In 2015, Drayton’s unit helped lead The Citadel to a 9-4 record and a co-Southern Conference championship. The team won six conference games in 2015, which tied the single-season program record for conference wins. The Bulldogs’ nine overall victories were the second-highest total in school history. The season was highlighted by the program’s first road playoff victory over Coastal Carolina to advance to the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the second time in school history. The Bulldogs boasted one of the best defenses in the Southern Conference in 2015 and ranked second in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, sacks and pass efficiency. The Citadel ranked first in the FCS with a school-record 515 interception return yards and five interception return touchdowns. The Bulldogs led the Southern Conference and ranked third in the FCS with 20 interceptions, which was the third-highest single-season total in team history. The Citadel also led the conference with 31 turnovers forced, 11 fumble recoveries, 10 passing touchdowns allowed, the lowest opponent third down percentage (.365) and averaged 6.5 tackles for loss per game.

 

Many of Drayton’s players received various honors throughout the season as the Bulldogs had two of the three Southern Conference Defensive Players of the Month. Defensive lineman Mitchell Jeter was voted the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and defensive lineman Joe Crochet was named The Citadel’s first First Team Academic All-America selection since 1989. Jeter and cornerback Dee Delaney earned All-America status, and were joined by linebacker Tevin Floyd, defensive lineman Mark Thomas and safety Kailik Williams on the All-Southern Conference teams. Linebacker Quinlan Washington and defensive lineman Ken Allen were named to the All-Southern Conference Freshman Team as well.

 

In 2014, Drayton was instrumental in the development of defensive lineman Justin Oxendine who finished the season with 7.5 sacks, which were the most since the turn of the century. Oxendine earned a spot in the Medal of Honor Bowl. Drayton also guided Delaney to the All-Southern Conference Freshman Team after registering 51 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions and three passes defensed.

 

In 2013, Drayton served as a guest coach with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He assisted with the defense and special teams.

 

Prior to his second stint at The Citadel, Drayton served as the secondary coach at Southern Mississippi (2012), assistant head coach/special teams/wide receivers coach at Coastal Carolina (2010-11) and special teams/defensive backs coach at South Carolina State (2008-09).

 

While at Coastal Carolina, Drayton helped Niccolo Mastromatteo earn Second Team All-Big South honors as a punt returner in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Mastromatteo set a school record for kickoff returns. In 2010, he set a Big South and Chanticleers record with 32 punt returns. On the offensive side of the ball, Drayton coached Coastal Carolina wide receiver Matt Hazel to Second Team All-Big South honors in 2011 after ranking third in the conference with six touchdown receptions. Hazel competed in five games with the Miami Dolphins in 2015.

 

At South Carolina State, Drayton helped the Bulldogs win two straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles and NCAA playoff berths. In 2009, South Carolina State ranked seventh nationally in pass defense and fifth in total defense. Drayton coached defensive backs Phillip Adams and Rafael Bush to all-conference honors in 2009. Adams led the team in interceptions (five) and passes defensed (nine) in 2008. He has spent six seasons in the NFL on a variety of teams. Bush has also spent six seasons in the league with the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. The Bulldogs ranked 17th in both punt and kickoff returns in 2009, while returner Oliver Brown ranked 12th in kickoff returns. Kicker Blake Erickson was named First Team All-MEAC. In 2008, South Carolina State tied for the conference lead with 19 interceptions, as two of Drayton’s defensive backs (Adams and Terrence Smith) ranked in the top 10 in the conference in interceptions. Defensive back Markee Hamlin was named First Team All-MEAC and punter Aaron Haire ranked 14th in punting.

 

Drayton was an assistant coach at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School in 2007. He served as the defensive coordinator of the Seinajoki (Finland) Crocodiles of the European Football League in 2006. Drayton was an assistant coach with the Charleston Swamp Foxes of the Arena 2 Football League from 2000-02. He also completed internships with the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers in addition to the Colts.

 

After concluding his playing career at The Citadel in 1998, Drayton began his coaching career for the Bulldogs the following season as a graduate assistant/secondary coach. During his first coaching tenure in Charleston, he would serve as tight ends/offensive tackles coach (2000), wide receivers coach (2001), outside linebackers coach (2002) and secondary/special teams coach (2003-05).

 

A native of Moncks Corner, S.C., Drayton was a defensive back for The Citadel from 1994-98. He started at cornerback in his final two seasons and totaled 145 tackles, 17 passes defensed and three interceptions during his career. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education (1998) and master’s degree in education (2007) at The Citadel.

 

Drayton is married and has two kids.

 

Coaching Career

1999                The Citadel                                          Graduate Assistant/Secondary

2000                The Citadel                                          Tight Ends/Offensive Tackles

2000-2002       Charleston Swamp Foxes                  Assistant Coach

                        (Arena 2 Football League)

2001                The Citadel                                          Wide Receivers

2002                The Citadel                                          Outside Linebackers

2003-2005       The Citadel                                          Secondary/Special Teams

2006                Seinajoki (Finland) Crocodiles            Defensive Coordinator

                        (European Football League)

2007                Goose Creek (S.C.) High School       Assistant Coach

2008-2009       South Carolina State                           Special Teams/Defensive Backs

2010-2011       Coastal Carolina                                 Assistant Head Coach/Special

Teams/Wide Receivers

2012                Southern Mississippi                           Secondary

2013                Montreal Alouettes                              Guest Coach (Defense/Special Teams)

                        (Canadian Football League)

2014-2015       The Citadel                                          Assistant Head Coach/Defensive

Coordinator/Cornerbacks

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                                Assistant Special Teams