Lembo hired to replace Lorig as special teams coordinator

By Updated: January 08, 2019 2:52 PM CT | Published: January 06, 2019 11:25 PM CT

Rice special teams coordinator Pete Lembo will take over the same responsibilities under head coach Mike Norvell, according to a source. 

Former special teams coach Joe Lorig is headed for Texas Tech after three seasons with the Tigers. He's the second Memphis coach to be hired by new Red Raiders coach Matt Wells. 

Lembo served as a head coach at Lehigh, Elon and Ball State where he compiled an overall record of 112-65 from 2001-2015. Since leaving Ball State he has been an assistant at Maryland and Rice where his special teams unit has been ranked inside the top 20 in special teams efficiency. 

Rice punter Jack Fox was named the CUSA Special Teams Player of the Year after the 2018 season under Lembo. His 45.45 yards per punt were eighth in the nation. He punted 26 balls over 50 yards, including one 76-yarder, and dropped 31 punts inside the 20-yard line. 

Norvell has placed an emphasis on special teams since arriving at Memphis. The 2018 season was the first time a Memphis player hadn't been named the American Athletic Conference's Player of the Year. Jake Elliott won in 2015, while Tony Pollard won in 2016 and 2017. Elliott also won in 2014 a season after punter Tom Hornsey won in 2013. 

Lembo takes over a unit headlined by Pollard, kicker Riley Patterson and punter Adam Williams. The Tigers were ranked 59th in special teams efficiency in 2018. 


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Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan was born and raised in Memphis, graduated from the University of Memphis and has covered the Memphis Tigers for three years. When he's not writing, he enjoys golfing and eating barbecue.

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