Gamecocks reaches agreement with second assistant for Shane Beamer's staff
South Carolina has reportedly made its second hire for Shane Beamer’s coaching staff. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Memphis special teams coach Pete Lembo has agreed to become the special teams coach and associate head coach at South Carolina.
The news comes after a report earlier this week that Lembo, described as a “special teams guru,” was being targeted by Beamer.
Lembo joined the Memphis staff in January 2019. He is widely recognized as one of college football’s top special teams tacticians. In his first year at Memphis, Lembo markedly improved what was already one of the country’s top units. Memphis special teams made a leap up the ESPN Team Efficiency Rankings from 59th in 2018 – season prior to his arrival at Memphis – to 2nd in 2019. The Tigers also earned college football’s highest rating for “Special Teams Points Added” from Championships Analytics Inc. and were ranked in the top-10 for overall special teams by FootballOutsiders.com.
The associate head coach role is not surprising for Lembo as he has prior head coaching experience while Beamer is a first-time head coach. Lembo notched a 112-65 record as a head coach from his time at Elon (2006-10) and Ball State (2011-15). Lembo has been in coaching since 1992, starting as a graduate assistant at Albany.
Hammond High School head coach former Gamecocks quarterback Erik Kimrey was the first assistant to reportedly reach an agreement to join Beamer’s South Carolina staff.