Braxton returns to Delaware State after a three-year stint (2015-17) as an assistant at NCAA Division III power Wesley College in Dover, Del., under the late legendary head coach Mike Drass. The Wolverines reached the NCAA Div. III playoff quarterfinals in 2015 and the second round in 2016 and ’17. Also at Wesley, Braxton was the position coach of 2018 National Football League signee Matt Gono, currently with the Atlanta Falcons.
This is Braxton’s fifth stint with the Hornets. In addition to his duties as tight ends coach, he also oversees special teams. He previously served as the Hornets’ defensive line coach from 2012-14, offensive line coach during the 2006 and '07 seasons, and offensive coordinator from 2000 to 2003. In addition, he was a Delaware State assistant in 1995 (offensive line) and ’96 (linebackers).
During his last DSU stint, Braxton helped prepare Hornet All-MEAC defensive end Rodney Gunter for the NFL. Gunter is currently a member of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals after being drafted in the fourth round by the team in 2015.
Braxton returned to Delaware State in March 2011 after serving as head coach at Cheyney University from 2008 to 2010. He was offensive coordinator at Tennessee State University during the 2005 season. In 2004, he was an assistant at Towson (Md.) University.
During the 2006 season in which Braxton was Delaware State's offensive line coach, his troops helped pave the way for Emmanuel Marc to rush for 1,230 yards, the fourth best single-season mark in team history.
In 2007, he helped lead the Hornets to their first MEAC championship (8-0 league record) in 15 years. That season, DSU reached as high as number eight in the national polls and competed in the NCAA playoffs for the first time in team history.
With Braxton as offensive coordinator, Delaware State had a school-record 32 touchdown passes in 2000.
That season, the Hornets averaged 222.9 yards per game passing and 168.5 rushing. In addition, the 2000 Hornets featured a 2000-yard passer (2,386 by Rahsaan Matthews) and a 1000-yard rusher (1,186 by Grayland King) for the first time in school history.
Matthews was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year that season. Tight end Darnerian McCants (former NFL standout) set DSU and MEAC records with 18 touchdown catches during the 2000 season. McCants was a Division I-AA All-America and All-MEAC First Team selection that year.
The 2000 Hornets also exceeded 40 points in five games, tying a school record.
McCants was a fifth round draft pick of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, competing with the team from 2001 to ’04. His NFL career also included stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.
Braxton’s 2001 Delaware State offense was second in the MEAC in rushing at 211.5 yards per game. Maurice Foster was tops in the MEAC with 1,127 rushing yards that year. The 2001 Hornets also scored 30 or more points in five games.
Delaware State’s Jamal Jackson began his National Football League career after playing his final three years with the Hornets while Braxton was offensive coordinator. Jackson played nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, including their 2004 Super Bowl team.
After leaving Delaware State following the 1996 season, Braxton served as an assistant coach at Hofstra University. He helped lead the Flying Dutchmen to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1997. In 1998, he was an assistant at Towson University, and the following year was on the staff at Fordham (NY) University.
Prior to his first stint at Delaware State, Braxton was offensive line coach at Morehouse College (GA) during the 1994 season.
From 1993 to ’94, he was linebacker coach at cross-town Wesley College (Del.). He was on the Wesley staff that guided the team to the 1993 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southeast championship.
Braxton’s coaching career also includes a stop at Bowie (Md.) State.
The Washington, D.C., native lettered as an offensive lineman at Salisbury State College. He was a member of the 1986 Sea Gull team that won 13 straight games before losing to Augustana (IL) in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, the NCAA Division III championship game. The ’86 Salisbury State team shares the ECAC record for most wins in a season.
Braxton earned a B.A. in Communications Arts from Salisbury State, and a M.A. in Education in 2004. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
He is married to the former Teresa Hudson. They have four children, Jihad, Tiarra, Terrence and Tania. Jihad is a former a Hornet defensive lineman.