Lembo, who served 5 seasons as the leader of the Phoenix while posting a 35-22 record, is known for building strong programs quickly and also producing a ton of offense.
"We are extremely excited to have Pete Lembo join the Ball State family," Ball State Athletic Director Tom Collins said in a press release sent out by the school Sunday evening. "The search for our next football coach included talking to a number of people in the football world. Coach Lembo's name and credentials continued to surface as an outstanding candidate for Ball State University. We are looking forward to his contribution to the program and looking forward to getting started in preparation for Ball State football 2011."
Lembo, who will officially be announced as the coach today at a 10 am press conference, took an Elon squad that produced just 14 wins in the five seasons prior to his arrival and built them into one of the top programs in the extremely difficult Southern Conference. Lembo's 2009 squad made the FCS playoffs and was ranked for the majority of the year in both of the FCS polls.
In addition to the wins, Lembo's teams have been known as strong offensive football teams, the past two seasons saw the Phoenix throw for almost 3,500 yards and score over 30 points a game.
Prior to Elon, Lembo guided Lehigh to a 44-14 record in 5 years there. Lembo was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year in his initial season guiding the Mountain Hawks.
Lembo built Elon into a power by heavily recruiting the east coast and south east – so his Midwest recruiting ties have been the main concern at this time for Cardinal fans. We expect to see Lembo beef up his staff with plenty of coaches with ties to the Midwest, just like he did upon his arrival at Elon – where he stocked his staff with coaches with ties to the Southeast.
Lembo has been called a passionate, intelligent and hard working and even keeled coach who has been loved and adored by fans and players alike at both of his stops as a head coach.
Before he became a head coach, Lembo spent time as an assistant at Lehigh, Hampden-Sydney, Dartmouth and Albany.