As the Colts continue their coaching search, it seems we can add another name to the list of new coaches. According to the Charleston Post and Courier's Jeff Hartsell, Citadel defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Maurice Drayton is leaving the school to take an assistant coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts. The school has since confirmed Drayton's resignation in order to take an NFL job.
Hartsell reports that Drayton will work with special teams. The team's assistant special teams coach, Brant Boyer, was hired by the New York Jets earlier this week to be their special teams coach, so Drayton presumably will be taking Boyer's position on the staff. The Colts' special teams coach is Tom McMahon, who has been in the position for the past three seasons.
Drayton began as a player at the Citadel, playing four seasons (1994-1998) and starting at cornerback for the final two, recording 145 tackles, 17 passes defensed, and three interceptions. He then spent the next seven seasons as an assistant coach on Citadel's staff, working in a number of roles - such as tight ends coach, wide receivers coach, outside linebackers coach, cornerbacks coach, defensive backs coach, recruiting coordinator, assistant special teams coordinator, and interim strength and conditioning coach. In 2006, he was the defensive coordinator for the Seinajoki (Finland) Crocodiles of the European Football League, and in 2007 he was an assistant principal and coach at a high school. Then from 2008-2009, Drayton was the defensive backs coach and special teams coach at South Carolina State, while he then headed to Coastal Carolina in 2010. He spent two seasons as assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, and wide receivers coach before then moving to being the team's secondary coach in 2012. Most recently, he has been the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach at Citadel for the past few seasons and was their assistant head coach as well.
He has interned with three NFL teams in the past with the Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and Indianapolis Colts, giving him experience. This will be, however, his first NFL job. There has been no official announcement from the Colts yet nor any official word on his job status, but it sounds like it might be as the team's assistant special teams coach.