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Elon signs Lembo to extension

Elon, NC (Sports Network) - Elon University signed head football coach Pete Lembo to a contract extension that will keep him with the school through the 2012 season.

Lembo has compiled a 12-10 record in his first two seasons at the helm of the Elon program, including a 7-4 mark and a final national ranking of 23rd in both the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll and the Sports Network poll during the 2007 campaign.

Lembo was named the Southern Conference Football Coach of the Year in 2007, and finished sixth in the 2007 voting for the Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS national coach of the year.

"We are very appreciative of what Coach Lembo has done in his short time at Elon," said Elon athletic director Dave Blank. "We're all looking forward to assisting him as he and his staff continue to build this program into a consistent contender both at the Southern Conference and national levels."

Before arriving at Elon, Lembo spent eight seasons at Lehigh, three as an assistant before a promotion to the head coaching position for the 2001 campaign. The Mountain Hawks were 44-14 during Lembo's five years as head coach.

"I appreciate the support of the administration as well as its recognition of the progress that has been made by our football program in just two years," said Lembo. "When I arrived at Elon, people were constantly asking me why I took this job. Now we are talking about competing for SoCon championships and trips to the postseason in the near future.

"This is an exciting time for Elon football and I am proud to be a part of it. My family and I truly enjoy living in this community. We have developed some special friendships here in a short period of time."

01/14 14:23:53 ET