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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. 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

The Last Skate: A Salute to 32 years at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion
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The Last Skate: A Salute to 32 years at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion
230 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Sunday September 22, 2013 brought about a bittersweet close to a 32 year chapter in the history of Penn State for all the patrons who "laced 'em up" to skate at the Greenberg Ice Pavilion on the Penn State Campus. Tucked next to the football practice facilities and offices it was not unusual for [Read More]
A Very Special Move-In Day at Pegula Ice Arena
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A Very Special Move-In Day at Pegula Ice Arena
232 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We were at the standard recommended thickness of 1.5 inches of ice and as I skated my first hard lap with a puck on my stick blade, that's when it really hit me. This magnificent building was no longer just a dream but a reality and the "Hockey God's" were smiling on upon Pegula Ice Arena. [Read More]
Things Always Happen in Threes
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Things Always Happen in Threes
233 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I can think of only a few people who deserved to be at the opening of Pegula Ice Arena on October 11 any more than Vance. It is heartbreaking that while he knew our dream had finally come true, he will not be there to savor the moment. [Read More]
Dreaming of Williamsport
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Dreaming of Williamsport
236 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Coach Jeff Shoemaker has done a wonderful job with this group of kids, many of whom have played with or against each other over the past six years. "One Team, One Dream, One Family" was the team motto. [Read More]
2013 NHL Draft Has Definite 'Penn State' Flavor
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2013 NHL Draft Has Definite 'Penn State' Flavor
242 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I quickly realized that anyone who is anyone in the world of hockey was in the building. Owners, general manager's, current coaches, ex-coaches, coaches-in-waiting, agents, more agents, media, and fans from all over the world. You could hear conversations in just about any language from Russian, to [Read More]
Baseball is Still a Great Way to “Pass Time”
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Baseball is Still a Great Way to “Pass Time”
244 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The kids on the team are a blast. Just look at the nicknames and you know this is a fun bunch: Bubba, Hit-Maker, Spanky, The Wizard, TG 13, Animal, Swinger, Bling-Bling, The Hitting Machine, Turbo, The Franchise, and The Hammer. [Read More]
Playoffs Bring Out the Best, and Worst, in Players and Fans
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Playoffs Bring Out the Best, and Worst, in Players and Fans
246 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
As bad as the Pens have played they will get another shot at the Bruins at 8 p.m. Wednesday. I will remind my “friends” who are fans of the Caps, Rangers, Devils, and Flyers that the only game their players have to worry about on Wednesday is their golf game! [Read More]
The Hottest Ticket in Town is Going Fast! Get Them While You Can! The Hottest Ticket in Town is Going Fast! Get Them While You Can!
248 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It's getting down to nitty-gritty time if you are thinking of getting in the mix for good seats for the inaugural season of Big Ten Hockey at the first season in the new Pegula Ice Arena. [Read More]
Mr. Technology? Who Me? Mr. Technology? Who Me?
250 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I noted that in 1994 I once told my players that "email might be the dumbest idea ever! Why would anyone sit and type a message instead of walking down the hall or picking up the phone to talk!" [Read More]
The Frozen Four in Pittsburgh? You betcha!
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The Frozen Four in Pittsburgh? You betcha!
252 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
OK, let me get this straight. No Minnesota, No Boston College, No Notre Dame, No Wisconsin, No North Dakota and you drew 18,000 people to a college hockey game in April in Pittsburgh? Yinz must have thrown back a few too many Iron City beers! [Read More]
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