Ball State extends Lembo's contract through 2018


Ball State University has extended the contract of football coach Pete Lembo.

The Cardinals' director of intercollegiate athletics Bill Scholl announced the deal Thursday, extending Lembo's contract through the 2018 season.

"Since I arrived at Ball State, I have spoken of our coaches building programs the right way to achieve sustained success," Scholl said in a statement. "This contract extension recognizes the exemplary work Pete has accomplished over the past three years and the direction our football program is heading. Our record has improved every year in his tenure and the culture Pete has created within his program is one of the best in the conference."

Lembo just completed his third season at Ball State, compiling a 25-13 record, including a 19-7 mark and consecutive bowl game appearances the past two seasons.

"We are pleased with what we have accomplished at Ball State the last three years and look forward to continuing to build a quality football program along with our student-athletes, coaching staff and the University administration," Lembo said in the university's statement.

The new contract also changes Lembo's title from head football coach to head football coach and associate athletics director.

The Cardinals open the 2014 season August 30 vs. Colgate at Scheumann Stadium.