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Football Program Hires Staff Additions


Ball State fourth-year head football coach Pete Lembo has added Nick Kray to his staff as director of football operations and player development.

In addition, the Cardinals have announced Ben Armer as the new strength and conditioning graduate assistant and Patrick Hagedorn as the graduate assistant for operations and recruiting.

Kray comes to Ball State after spending the last two years as the director of football operations at Yale.  Prior to that, he was an offensive and special teams assistant at Villanova during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  Kray went to Villanova from his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, where he was the defensive ends and defensive quality control coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  He was part of the Panthers’ 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and helped coach All-American defensive end Pierre Walters.

“Nick was selected from a very strong applicant pool,” Lembo said.  “He is mature beyond his years and is very comfortable getting to know new people.  This position is a unique one that requires a great work ethic, strong organizational skills and an outgoing personality.  Nick definitely possesses all of those qualities and more.  We have longstanding relationships with several coaches at Yale and Villanova.  It is clear they have very strong feelings about Nick as a person and as a young professional.”

A 2008 graduate of Eastern Illinois, Kray was a member of two OVC Championship squads and three Football Championship Subdivision playoff teams.  Kray served as captain for Eastern Illinois in 2006 and 2007, and played for current Ball State assistant coach Justin Lustig at EIU.

Armer comes to Ball State after serving as an intern in strength and conditioning for the football program at Western Michigan in 2013.  A 2012 graduate of WMU, Armer was an All-Mid-American Conference third-team selection as a punter for the Broncos in 2009.  A three-time Academic All-MAC  and two-time Capital One Academic All-District choice, Armer was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List in each of his last three seasons.

Hagedorn graduated from Ball State in May after serving as a student manager for the Cardinals for two seasons, including being the head student field manager in 2013.  He worked as an operations and recruiting intern at Ball State from January to May.

“We are pleased to welcome Ben Armer and Pat Hagedorn to the football support staff,” Lembo said.  “Both will have a great opportunity to positively impact our student-athletes and the program off the field.  Ben has a strong familiarity with the conference as a former student-athlete at Western Michigan. Pat has impressed our staff with his maturity and professionalism both as a member of the equipment staff and as an intern in the football office this spring.”

Ball State will open the 2014 season with a home game vs. Colgate Sat., Aug. 30 at Scheumann Stadium.

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