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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. An accomplished public speaker, writer, coach, and mentor, 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

Joe Battista: Cappelletti Equals Class
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Joe Battista: Cappelletti Equals Class
226 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Penn State's only Heisman Trophy winner, John Cappelletti, was in Happy Valley last weekend, and he spent a lot of his non-football time on the ice. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Next Stop, Indiana…To Get a Taste of Irish Ice
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Joe Battista: Next Stop, Indiana…To Get a Taste of Irish Ice
228 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Our man Joe has his Irish up about visiting Notre Dame's new ice rink -- as well as the opening of the Penn State men's and women's hockey seasons. [Read More]
Joe Battista: A Hat Trick of a Weekend in Hockey Valley
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Joe Battista: A Hat Trick of a Weekend in Hockey Valley
230 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
When you're our columnist on the move, a Penn State home football weekend only means one thing -- Nittany Lion hockey. By the way, Joe, how's that resolution working out? [Read More]
Joe Battista: Nothing Small About Little League
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Joe Battista: Nothing Small About Little League
232 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Even a cynic about youth sports took delight in the spectacle that is the Little League World Series in Williamsport. [Read More]
JoeBa’s Promise To Change: His New School Year’s Resolutions
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JoeBa’s Promise To Change: His New School Year’s Resolutions
234 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Vacation's over and columnist Joe Battista is resolute about wanting to change his life. Well, at least he has good intentions. [Read More]
Hey Hockey Valley, Get Ready to 'Roar into the Future!'
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Hey Hockey Valley, Get Ready to 'Roar into the Future!'
236 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista is excited about the new era of hockey about to begin at Penn State and in "Hockey Valley." Can you blame him?! [Read More]
Remembering Pat Boland: A Hard-working, Honorable Friend
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Remembering Pat Boland: A Hard-working, Honorable Friend
238 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Pat Boland, who died earlier this month of cancer, was a professional with a great sense of humor and always treated those he dealt with with dignity and respect. [Read More]
Joe Battista: The Fourth of July, With Meaning
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Joe Battista: The Fourth of July, With Meaning
240 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Columnist and ex-coach Joe Battista says it's time to quit complaining about America and start working together to make things better and to feel good about ourselves as a nation again. [Read More]
School Is Out, and the Valley Is Happy!
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School Is Out, and the Valley Is Happy!
242 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
With everything going on, this is a good time to be reminded of why living in the State College area is so great, all year round, columnist and Happy Valley ambassador Joe Battista says. [Read More]
Joe Battista: As Camp Season is About to Begin, Recalling Some of Coach Pappas' Greatest Lines
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Joe Battista: As Camp Season is About to Begin, Recalling Some of Coach Pappas' Greatest Lines
244 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Nick Pappas is famous for the one-liners -- "Pappyisms" -- he dished out during hockey camps. Columnist Joe Battista remembers more than a few. [Read More]
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