Ken Lamendola is in his second season as the Paladins’ inside linebackers coach.
In his first year on staff Lamendola was forced to manage early season ending injuries to senior starters Dillon Woodruff, Alex Burch, and A.K. Olusanya — a task he accomplished in solid fashion by overseeing the development of a pair of SoCon All-Freshman Team performers, including Elijah McKoy, who finished the season with 81 tackles on the Paladins’ 8-5 squad that advanced to the FCS playoffs.
Lamendola came to Furman from Air Force Academy Preparatory School, where he coached inside linebackers for two seasons.
Lamendola’s playing career spanned five seasons (2007-11) and was highlighted by a sophomore campaign that saw him rack up 118 tackles and earn honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference honors as an inside linebacker before injuries curtailed his playing time.
The Westlake, Ohio, product totaled 24 tackles for a 2009 Air Force squad that defeated 25th-ranked Houston, 45-20, to win the Armed Forces Bowl. The next year he was a member of a Falcons squad that went 9-4 and beat Georgia Tech, 14-7, in the Independence Bowl, and in 2011 he served as team captain in helping Air Force capture the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which is awarded annually based on head-to-head results among the three service academies.
Following graduation in December of 2011, he served one year as a program manager for Air Force One in the Very Important Person Special Air Mission (VIPSAM) and Special Duty Division at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
An 18-month stint as executive officer in the VIPSAM Special Duty Division followed before he was assigned program manager duties in the E-4B Commercial Derivative Aircraft Division in Sept. of 2014. Among his many tasks there were enabling critical decision making capability to the Secretary of Defense and the National Airborne Operations Center for the $150 million/year E-4B fleet and spearheading a $400 million-dollar Low Frequency Transmit System replacement.
Lamendola began his coaching career in April of 2015 at USAFA Prep School as inside linebackers coach.
In addition to his bachelor of science degree in management from Air Force Academy, he has completed graduate level studies in United States Air Force Fundamentals of Acquisition Management at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and holds a master’s degree in human resources from the University of Oklahoma.