Pete Lembo hired as Ball State coach

Pete Lembo has been hired as Ball State head coach and will be formally introduced at a news conference Monday.

Lembo spent the last five seasons at Elon, where he went 35-22. The FCS program had won only 30 games the previous seven seasons before he took over. His 2010 team averaged 435.2 yards of total offense -- the fourth straight year it averaged more than 400 yards a game. He led Elon to its first ever playoff appearance in 2009.

"We are extremely excited to have Pete Lembo join the Ball State family,” Ball State athletic director Tom Collins said in a statement. “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 was head coach at Lehigh from 2001-05 and has a 79-36 overall head coaching record. He has never been a head coach or an assistant on the FBS level.

Lembo takes over for Stan Parrish, who went 6-18 in two seasons as head coach.