Florida Gators running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton, a native of Cleveland, OH, has officially been hired by the Ohio State Buckeyes as the team’s new wide receivers coach, the school announced on Thursday. One of three assistants retained by new head coach Will Muschamp, Drayton will leave Florida before National Signing Day and begin work with Ohio State on Monday.
“Stan Drayton first and foremost is a fine person and family man. He is a Buckeye born and bred, and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family,” Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said in an official statement. “We are fortunate to gain one of the finest coaches in America to serve our kids, school and community.”
Drayton has almost exclusively coached running backs since 1993 and has spent four years with the Gators (2005-07, 2010). He was on Florida’s staff when the team captured the 2007 BCS National Championship by defeating Ohio State 41-14.
In addition to his duties as WR coach for the Buckeyes, Drayton is also expected to coordinate Ohio State’s recruiting for the state of Florida.
Muschamp addressed the topic late Thursday. “Our focus will always be on the staff that are here, current players and the prospective student-athletes,” he said.
With the 2011 recruiting cycle coming to a close on Feb. 2, Muschamp will likely wait until it has concluded to hire Drayton’s replacement. New wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill, who coordinated recruiting for the Miami Hurricanes in 2010, may be at the front of the pack to take on those responsibilities for 2012 and beyond.
|Offensive coordinator||Steve Addazio||Charlie Weis|
|Quarterbacks coach||Scot Loeffler||Charlie Weis|
|Defensive coordinator||Teryl Austin||Dan Quinn|
|Defensive line coach||Dan McCarney*||Dan Quinn
Assistant: Bryant Young
|Running backs coach|
|Stan Drayton||Brian White|
|Offensive line coach|
Running game coordinator
|Steve Addazio||Frank Verducci|
|Wide receivers coach|
|Zach Azzanni||Aubrey Hill|
|Tight ends coach||Brian White||Derek Lewis|
Special teams coordinator
|D.J. Durkin||D.J. Durkin|
|Defensive backs coach||Austin/Chuck Heater*||Travaris Robinson|
|Strength & conditioning||Mickey Marotti||Mickey Marotti|
*McCarney was also assistant head coach; Heater held the role of co-defensive coordinator. Muschamp has not named an assistant (or associate) head coach as of press time.