When Stan Drayton decided to leave Will Muschamp’s staff at Florida for the opportunity to coach at Ohio State, the decision was a head scratcher for some coaches in the profession.
Why would you leave a situation with a new head coach at Florida…the warm weather, no state income tax, a traditional power, not to mention Drayton would be coaching an unfamiliar position (wide receivers).
The veteran running backs coach, Drayton had already moved 11 times in 18 years. His career included stints at Syracuse, Bowling Green, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Villanova, Penn, Eastern Michigan, Allegheny, and with the Green Bay Packers.
Veteran coaches tell you don’t ever make a lateral move.
What people didn’t know is that Drayton’s decision came down to family. Drayton’s parents both live in Ohio and his wife’s parents live a few hours away from Columbus in Detroit, Michigan.
Drayton told Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch, "When you're not in your hometown or not near family, you just depend on each other. If we wanted a babysitter, we'd put them through an interview, and my wife doesn't trust people with our kids very well. So just to be able to get our kids around their grandparents and cousins, I think that does wonders for them, and for us."
Moving is ideal, “But in this business, sometimes opportunities present themselves that take you out of your comfort zone. And for me, when the dust clears off, it's always turned out to be positive situation."
Drayton’s first game coaching the wide receivers for the Buckeyes will be against Akron. Ohio State will host Toledo the following week before a trip to Miami (FL).