Ball State football coach gets raise plus athletic director's duties

Coach's salary next season is $475,000

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (SPORTS) - Ball State Football Coach Pete Lembo's winning ways paid off with a contract extension with a $475,000 salary and duties in the front office.

Athletic Director Bill Scholl announced the new deal Thursday for Lembo to stay at the helm of Ball State football besides serve as associate athletic director. Those extra duties of administration, fundraising and other management besides a raise added $79,000 to his pay.

"This contract extension recognizes the exemplary work Pete has accomplished over the last three yearsand the direction our football program is headed," said Scholl, pointing out how the team's record improved every year, making the program one of the best in the conference."

Scholl said he had been talking with Lembo for more than a year about a contract extension and before Lembo was interviewing for other jobs at the end of last season.

That season was 10-3 and included a bowl appearance which the Cardinals lost. His first season four years ago was 6-6 and he has gone 19-7 since.

Scholl said Lembo had unwaving support from the administration that will have a new leaders this summer after President Jo Ann Gora announced her retirement. 

Despite  the men's basketball team finishing with the worst season in history, Scholl said Ball State athletics was moving ahead and with Lembo in the front office, the school would continue to develop champions in athletics.

Lembo expressed pleasure with the football program's accomplishments and looked forward to future success.

The program loses graduating quarterback Keith Wenning who passed for more than 10,000 yards in his college career and also holds school records for passing attempts, passing complettions and most passing touchdowns.

The Cardinals begin spring practice on Tuesday and continues through April 15. Those sessions at Scheumann Stadium generally start at 3:45 p.m. The 2014 season begins with an Aug. 30 home game with Colgate.

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