Lembo through the years
2001: Lehigh hires Pete Lembo as head coach of the Mountain Hawks; he leads team to 11-1 record in the season
2001-2005: Obtains a 44-14 overall record
2006: Elon hires Lembo as head coach of the Phoenix; he leads team to 5-6 record in the season
2006-2010: Obtains a 35-22 overall record
2010: Ball State hires Lembo as head coach of the Cardinals; leads team to 6-6 record in initial season
Sept. 17, 2011: Gets first home win as Ball State head coach against Buffalo
Dec. 21, 2012: Coaches Ball State at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl against Central Florida
Oct. 5, 2013: Coaches Ball State to road win against Virginia; he refers to it as “the biggest win in the history of Ball State football”
2011-2013: Currently has a 25-12 record at Ball State
Ron Wellman, Wake Forest athletic director, is in Muncie today, fueling speculation that Ball State head coach Pete Lembo is a candidate for the school’s coaching vacancy.
A source confirmed to the Daily News that Wellman arrived Wednesday at Delaware County Regional Airport on a private aircraft. The plane landed at 9:15 p.m.
Ball State athletic director Bill Scholl did not immediately return a voicemail Thursday afternoon.
Wake Forest was led by Jim Grobe for the last 13 seasons and went 4-8 this season, 2-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons finished sixth in the Atlantic Division.
Grobe totaled a record of 77-82 in his career at Wake Forest. He coached the program to a 2006 ACC Championship and a berth in the Orange Bowl.
Wellman said after Grobe’s resignation Monday that the preferred candidates for the coaching vacancy would be established as a head coach, a high standard for academics and experience at a private institution. Lembo is a fit by those standards after his success at Elon.
Lembo went 25-12 in three seasons at Ball State. This season has seen the best record under his leadership with a 10-2 record. The Cardinals were bowl-eligible each season with Lembo and earned a berth in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in 2012 after a 9-3 regular season.