Pete Lembo

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Peter Lembo
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator
Team Maryland
Conference Big Ten
Biographical details
Born (1970-04-16) April 16, 1970 (age 45)
Playing career
1988–1991 Georgetown
Position(s) Offensive lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992–1993 Albany (GA)
1994–1996 Dartmouth (asst)
1997 Hampden–Sydney (asst)
1998–2000 Lehigh (asst)
2001–2005 Lehigh
2006–2010 Elon
2011–2015 Ball State
2016–present Maryland (AHC/ST/TE)
Head coaching record
Overall 112–65
Bowls 0–2
Tournaments 1–3 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 Patriot (2001, 2004)
Eddie Robinson Award (2001)
Patriot League Coach of the Year (2001)
Southern Conference Coach of the Year (2007)

Peter Lembo (born April 16, 1970) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the assistant head football coach and special teams coordinator at University of Maryland, a position he assumed in December 2015. Prior to coming to Maryland, he was the head coach at Ball State University from 2010–2015, the head football coach at Lehigh University from 2001 until 2005 and at Elon University from 2005 to 2010. Coach Lembo attended Monsignor Farrell High School (Class of 1988) in Staten Island, New York City where he was a starter on the varsity football squad. He attended Georgetown University (BA-Class of 1992) and SUNY-Albany(MA-Class of 1994).

Coaching career[edit]


Lembo was the head college football coach for the Elon Phoenix located in Elon, North Carolina. He held that position for 5 seasons, from 2006 until 2010.His coaching record at Elon was 35 wins and 22 losses. As of the conclusion of the 2013 season, this ranks him #6 at Elon in total wins and #7 at the school in winning percentage (.614).[1][2]

Ball State[edit]

On December 19, 2010, Dave Blank, director of athletics at Elon University, confirmed that Pete Lembo had resigned as head football coach to take the head coaching job at Ball State University.[3] His contract at Ball State paid $450,000 per year, the 5th highest in Ball State's conference, and #119 among all college football coaches.[4] He earned $514,250 in 2015.[5] Lembo resigned December 22, 2015 to become the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Maryland.[6]

Some highlights from Coach Lembo's career at Ball State:

• First Ball State head coach in the school's history to win 30 games in first four seasons at the helm.

• Lembo's .600 winning percentage is the second best among Ball State head coaches through their first four seasons.

• Added the title of associate athletics director to his head football coaching position in March of 2014.

• Guided the Cardinals to a 10–3 overall record in 2013, including a second straight bowl appearance when Ball State played in the GoDaddy Bowl. It marks only the second time in 89 years of football the Cardinals have played in back-to-back bowl games.

• One of 20 coaches in country named to the 2013 Paul Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year Award Watch List.

• Earned his 100th career victory with a 27–24 win over Kent State in Ball State's 87th Homecoming Game in 2013.

• Led the Cardinals to a 7–1 MAC record in 2013 – only the fifth 7–1 or better MAC record since Ball State joined the league in 1975.

• Led Ball State to a 10–3 overall record in 2013, which marks only the third time in the Cardinals' 89 years of football with 10 or more wins in a single season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (Patriot League) (2001–2005)
2001 Lehigh 11–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal 5
2002 Lehigh 8–4 4–3 4th
2003 Lehigh 8–3 6–1 2nd 23
2004 Lehigh 9–3 5–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 15
2005 Lehigh 8–3 4–2 3rd
Lehigh: 44–14 26–7
Elon Phoenix (Southern Conference) (2006–2010)
2006 Elon 5–6 2–5 T–5th
2007 Elon 7–4 4–3 T–3rd 23
2008 Elon 8–4 6–2 3rd 17
2009 Elon 9–3 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division I First Round 9
2010 Elon 6–5 5–3 T–3rd
Elon: 35–22 24–14
Ball State Cardinals (Mid-American Conference) (2011–2015)
2011 Ball State 6–6 4–4 T–4th (West)
2012 Ball State 9–4 6–2 T–2nd (West) L Beef 'O' Brady's
2013 Ball State 10–3 7–1 2nd (West) L GoDaddy Bowl
2014 Ball State 5–7 4–4 5th (West)
2015 Ball State 3–9 2–6 5th (West)
Ball State: 33–29 23–17
Total: 112–65
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Sports Network poll.


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