Ball State head coach Lembo leaves to join Maryland staff

Pete Lembo went 33-29 as Ball State's head coach.

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Head coach Pete Lembo has left Ball State to become Maryland’s assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. Both schools announced the move Tuesday.

A source had told FOX Sports earlier in the day that Lembo was resigning to join new Terps head coach D.J. Durkin’s staff.

The 45-year-old Lembo, a former Georgetown player, has compiled a record of 112-65 as a college head coach and was 33-29 in five seasons with the Cardinals. In 2013, Lembo led BSU to a 10-3 record, but in the past two seasons, they went 8-16.

Lembo decided to make the move after dealing with frustration after years leading one of the most under-resourced programs in the MAC.

The move to Maryland also enables Lembo and his wife (also a Georgetown grad) to be closer to the grandparents of their three children.

Durkin, a first-time head coach, already has hired former FBS head coaches Mike London and Scott Shafer to the Terps staff.

Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FS1. He is also a New York Times best-selling author. His new book, “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,” came out in October 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB and Facebook.