New Citadel football coach Mike Houston has hired ex-Bulldogs player and assistant Maurice Drayton as his defensive coordinator, the school announced Friday.

Drayton, who will also coach cornerbacks, is from Moncks Corner and played at The Citadel from 1996-98 and spent a total of 12 seasons with the Bulldogs as a player, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Drayton also has coached at Coastal Carolina, South Carolina State and at Southern Miss under former Citadel head coach Ellis Johnson, now the defensive coordinator at Auburn.

As previously reported, Houston brought five assistants with him from Lenoir-Rhyne: offensive coordinator Brent Thompson, offensive line coach Ron Boyd, slot backs coach Lou Conte, defensive line coach Roy Tesh and inside linebackers coach Blake Harrell, who will also coordinate special teams. Thompson will also coach quarterbacks and B-backs.

Retained from the previous Citadel staff are wide receivers coach J.P. Gunter, also the recruiting coordinator; and Scott Yielding, tight ends coach and academic coordinator.

South Carolina State assistant Joel Taylor (safties/pass defense coordinator) and East Carolina graduate assistant Tripp Weaver (outside linebackers) round out the staff.

The Bulldogs will begin their first spring practice under Houston on Feb. 18 with the spring game set for March 15.