Lembo compiled a 33–29 record with the Cardinals, taking the program to bowl games in 2012 and 2013. He had his best season in 2013, finishing with a 10–3 record.
Ball State finished 3–9 this season.
For a FBS head coach to voluntarily take a step back and become an assistant at another program is a rarity. According to Feldman, Lembo’s move comes as a result of frustration of having to work with a lack of resources.
Lembo joins new Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, who was most recently the defensive coordinator at Michigan.