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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. He is also the Chief Development Officer for the Lock Haven University Foundation. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Reliving the 'Miracle on Ice' with 1980 USA Olympic HockeyTeam Captain Mike Eruzione
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Reliving the 'Miracle on Ice' with 1980 USA Olympic HockeyTeam Captain Mike Eruzione
174 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I believe the 1980 'Miracle on Ice' is the greatest upset in the history of sports. Not just team sports, not just the Olympics, not just for the 20th century, but of all-time. [Read More]
To Vacation or Not To Vacation?
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To Vacation or Not To Vacation?
176 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
For the bulk of my 19 years in coaching at PSU I spent spring break at the ACHA National Tournament in such noted destination spots as Athens, Ohio; Ames, Iowa; Bensenville, Illinois; Laurel, Maryland; and Minot, North Dakota! [Read More]
Joe Battista: Thank you Greenberg Ice Pavilion!  Next stop: Pegula Ice Arena!
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Joe Battista: Thank you Greenberg Ice Pavilion! Next stop: Pegula Ice Arena!
178 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After 32 years of hosting college hockey games, the final Penn State hockey games were being played at Greenberg. I have spent the better part of the last 32 years lacing up my skates in the Ice Pavilion. [Read More]
Joe Battista | Supporting Our Local State High Kids: It Takes a Community
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Joe Battista | Supporting Our Local State High Kids: It Takes a Community
180 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
But in addition to the support our local community gives to THON, I have another challenge that hits a little closer to home and allows you the opportunity to get involved as a volunteer, a donor or to provide prizes to help a very worthwhile cause for State High students. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Hockey's Version of 'Saturday Night Fever'
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Joe Battista: Hockey's Version of 'Saturday Night Fever'
182 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
What has really made “Hockey Valley” fans even more excited are recent historic events surrounding Coach Guy Gadowsky’s young upstart Nittany Lions who have taken the college hockey world by storm. Call it Penn State hockey’s version of “Saturday Night Fever.” [Read More]
Joe Battista: The Margin of Excellence
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Joe Battista: The Margin of Excellence
184 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Over the years I have been asked to speak to groups as far ranging as corporate executives at Nationwide, to the American Hockey Coaches Association National Convention. A common topic I choose has to do with leadership, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Nothing Like the Holidays to Put Things in Perspective
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Joe Battista: Nothing Like the Holidays to Put Things in Perspective
187 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Regardless of the ups and downs and regardless of the news that dominated our year, being with our family and friends for the holidays reminded us all that the journey will go on and that better days are ahead, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: The Inside Scoop on the Best Seats in the House for Pegula Ice Arena
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Joe Battista: The Inside Scoop on the Best Seats in the House for Pegula Ice Arena
189 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
OK sports fans. Now that you can put your deposits down to get seats for next hockey season, here is my unabashedly biased review of the best seats in the house for Pegula Ice Arena. I’m not holding anything back. You want it, you got it, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: A Win for the Ages
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Joe Battista: A Win for the Ages
191 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We all witnessed history on Saturday night in Happy Valley. Yes, it was a "Happy Valley" once again, even if only for a brief time, due to a fitting end to one of the most challenging football seasons ever, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Hockey People are Just a Different Breed
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Joe Battista: Hockey People are Just a Different Breed
193 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s been a great start to the hockey season at Penn State. Our teams are off to pretty good starts considering they have one recruiting class each under their belts and are playing against established varsity programs. [Read More]
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