|Pete Lembo Bio|
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
First Season at Ball State (2011)
Fifth Year as Ball State Head Coach in 2015
23rd Year as a Football Coach
Lehigh, head coach, 2001-05
Elon, head coach, 2006-10
Ball State, head coach, 2011-present
Career Head Coaching Record: 109-56/14 Years
Date of Birth: April 16, 1970, in Staten Island, N.Y.
NOTES: Four-year starter as an offensive lineman at Georgetown . . . team captain as a senior in the 1991 season . . . selected to the American Football Coaches Association Ethics Committee (2014) . . . member of the FCS Head Coaches Executive Committee (2002-10), the All-America Selection Committee (2001-05) and the AFCA Public Relations Committee (2002-05).
Career Coaching Highlights:
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.
• Coached Ball State to a 48-27 win at Atlantic Coast Conference member Virginia for his fourth win over a school from a Football Bowl Subdivision automatic qualifying conference in his three seasons at Ball State. One of only six Mid-American Conference head coaches since the advent of the Bowl Championship Series to have won four or more games against teams from automatic qualifying conferences.
• 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.
• Led the Cardinals to a school record 501 points in 2013.
• Led Ball State to a 9-4 overall record and a 6-2 Mid-American Conference mark in his second season in 2012.
• Guided Ball State to the 2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg in only his second season at the helm. The bowl appearance marked the eighth in Ball State history.
• The nine wins tied for the third most in a single season in school history, while the six MAC wins marks the second highest total since 1996.
• 2011-12 APR was 966 -- the highest in Ball State history and tied for first in the Mid-American Conference among football programs.
• Coached Cardinals to back-to-back wins over teams from the Bowl Championship Subdivision automatic qualifying conferences -- Indiana (Big Ten), 41-39, and South Florida (Big East), 31-27 in 2012.
• Coached Briggs Orsbon, who was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Team. Also has coached 18 Ball State student-athletes who have received Academic All-MAC honors in the last three seasons, including eight first-team selections.
• Led Ball State to back-to-back wins over Indiana -- 2011 (27-20 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.) and 2012 (41-39 at Bloomington, Ind.)
• Coached the Cardinals to two wins over BCS AQ Conferences in the same year for the first time in school history in 2012.
• Led Ball State to a 34-27 win over nationally ranked Toledo, which marked the Cardinals first win over a nationally ranked opponent since 2001. Toledo entered the game ranked No. 23 by The Associated Press.
• Improved his career record to 11-3 in season openers after leading Ball State to a 30-10 win over Colgate in the first game of the 2014 season.
• Helped Ball State to six wins and bowl eligibility in his first season at the helm in 2011, and to bowl eligibility for a third straight season in 2013.
• Led Ball State to the fourth best come-from-behind victory in school history with a 31-27 win over Central Michigan in 2011 in a game the Cardinals fell behind 17-0 in the second quarter.
• Has won his first game as a head coach at all three schools he has coached.
• Coached Ball State to his first Mid-American Conference win and first Scheumann Stadium win in his first home game vs. Buffalo Sept. 17, 2011. Led the Cardinals to their first-ever win over Army with a 48-21 victory at Scheumann Stadium Sept. 24, 2011, a second win over the Black Knights by a 30-22 margin in 2012 and a third victory over the Black Knights in 2013 by a 40-14 margin.
Ball State Records Set in Lembo's Tenure at Ball State
• Led Elon to 35 victories in five years after taking over a program that tallied a 14-42 record in the five years prior to his arrival.
• Elon was nationally ranked for 33 straight weeks (from 10-20-07 to 9-25-10) and 34 weeks overall during Lembo's tenure.
• Lembo's Elon teams broke 124 NCAA, Southern Conference and school records during his tenure.
• Managed a 24-14 career record in the Southern Conference.
• 75 percent of Elon's conference win total in 11 years as a member of the Southern Conference came during my Lembo's seasons as its head coach.
• 2007 Southern Conference Coach of the Year.
• Raised the NCAA Academic Progress Rate at Elon to 971 in 2009-10 and a four year average of 965.
• The 2010 team averaged 435.2 yards of total offense per game, the fourth straight year the Phoenix averaged more than 400 yards per game on offense.
• Led Elon to the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the first time in the history of the program. The nine wins in 2009 tied the school record for most wins in a season since 1999.
• Elon spent two weeks ranked third in the nation in 2008, while the 7-4 record in 2007 was the school's first winning campaign since 2000.
• Led Elon to final rankings in the top-25 in three of his last four seasons -- 23rd in 2007, 17th in 2008 and ninth in 2009.
• Led Lehigh to the 2001 and 2004 Patriot League Championship and berths in the Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.
• His .759 winning percentage at Lehigh was the highest for a head coach in the school's history and the second best in Patriot League history.
• Named the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year and the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2001.
• Lehigh led the Patriot League in home attendance in each of Lembo's five seasons as head coach.
• Lembo was the second youngest head coach in the country when named the Lehigh head coach in 2001.
• Lembo won more league games in his first five years in the Patriot Leage than any other coach in the conference's history.
• His 2001 team finished 11-1 and ranked fifth in both the NCAA 1AA polls.