Lembo leaves Ball State for assistant job at Maryland

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Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo (WXIN).

MUNCIE, Ind. (December 22, 2015) – Pete Lembo has stepped down as head coach of Ball State football to join the staff at the University of Maryland, BSU announced Tuesday.

Lembo will be the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator under D.J. Durkin with the Terrapins.

“It is incredibly difficult to say goodbye after five very meaningful years and building so many wonderful relationships with student-athletes, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community,” Lembo said. “I tried to make a difference every day and I am proud of our many accomplishments on and off the field.

“The opportunity to join Coach D.J. Durkin at Maryland and build a program in the Big Ten with him is one which I simply can’t pass up,” Lembo continued. “Returning to the Washington, DC area will also allow us to live near our immediate family. My family and I wish nothing but the best for the Ball State football program and University moving forward.”

In five season as Cardinals’ head coach, Lembo compiled a 33-29 record, including a 10-3 mark in 2013.

Ball State President Paul W. Ferguson released the following statement on Lembo’s departure:

“It has been my sincere pleasure to know and respect Coach Lembo during these past two seasons and to work with him to enhance and support the football program at Ball State University through the Cardinal Commitment, initiatives such as the new Scheumann Stadium turf, the Ronald E. and Joan M. Venderly Football Team Complex, and the many opportunities to partner with him in engaging in his remarkable leadership development of our student-athletes. We wish Pete, Jen and the family much continued success at the University of Maryland. They all will be deeply missed.”

 

Ball State is slated to return 15 starters in 2016, including All-MAC defensive lineman Joshua Posley and linebacker Sean Wiggins.

“We have an outstanding group of student-athletes returning and the foundation for success is in place,” Ball State Director of Athletics Mark Sandy said. “The search for our next head football coach has begun.”