Coastal Carolina University’s football program has hired three new assistant coaches, Head Coach David Bennett announced today. Maurice Drayton is the new assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach, Kevin Mapp will coach the defensive line and Patrick Covington will take over as the offensive line coach.
Drayton comes to Conway from 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 2007, he was the assistant principal and defensive coordinator at Goose Creek High School 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. He also had a brief stint as a player in the National Football League with two different teams.
A native of Moncks Corner, he 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.
Mapp just wrapped up his third season on the Hofstra coaching staff prior to the program being discontinued after the 2009 season. Last season, he was the defensive line coach and recruiting cordinator last year after serving as defensive ends coach in 2008 and defensive assistant in 2007. Under his direction in 2008, the Pride defensive ends recorded 95 tackles and six sacks.
Mapp came to Hofstra from Marshall University where he served as the defensive graduate-assistant from January 2007 to July 2007. He also served as a defensive assistant at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. during the 2006 season and defensive line coach at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia during the 2005 season.
A 2005 graduate of James Madison University where he started at right tackle as a sophomore, Mapp began coaching after a neck injury ended his playing career following the 2002 season. He served as JMU’s assistant offensive line coach during the 2003 season before becoming assistant defensive line coach from August 2004 through July 2005. Kevin is married to wife Lindsay.
Covington spent the last three years at the Air Force Academy, working with the Falcon offense. Most recently, he helped the Falcons to an 8-5 record and a victory over Houston in the Bell Helicoper Armed Forces Bowl. Covington worked closely with the offensive line for three years, which was one of the best in the league and finishing second nationally in rushing with an average of 299.5 yards per game in 2007. Air Force’s rushing average was its best since winning its only national rushing title in 2002 with a 307.8 per-game average. The Falcons won their 26th conference rushing title last year and third straight with Covington’s assistance.
Covington is familiar with Coastal Carolina, as he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the 2006 season. At Coastal Carolina, Covington was part of a coaching staff that led the Chanticleers to the Big South Conference championship with a 9-3 record.
Covington is a 2006 graduate of Furman University. He was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner for the Paladins from 2002-05. A two-time all-Southern Conference selection, he was rated as the No. 6 guard in NCAA I-AA football by The Sports Network. He was a Sports Network First-Team All-American and an Associated Press Second-Team All-American in 2005. That same season, the Furman offense averaged a school-record 469.9 yards of total offense per game. The Paladins ranked third in the nation in rushing and reached the semifinals of the 2005 NCAA I-AA Playoffs. Covington was also a team captain his senior year and was a 2006 National Strength and Conditioning All-American.
Covington is a native of Charlotte, N.C. He attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte where he was a three-year starter and served as a team captain. Covington and his wife, the former Ann Louise Duncan, were married in May 2008.