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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

Hey Hockey Valley, Get Ready to 'Roar into the Future!'
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Hey Hockey Valley, Get Ready to 'Roar into the Future!'
247 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
249 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
251 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!
253 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
255 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]
Pegula, Salzburg Share 'Characteristics for Success' with Penn Staters
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Pegula, Salzburg Share 'Characteristics for Success' with Penn Staters
257 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista listened carefully to the Penn State commencement addresses delivered by Terry Pegula and Barry Salzburg. Both men "essentially had the same message," Battista writes. [Read More]
A Mother's Day Adventure
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A Mother's Day Adventure
259 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Mother's Day in the Battista household was filled with family functions, making Mamma -- and everyone else -- happy. [Read More]
Gadowsky at Penn State: Search for Men's Hockey Coach Took Team Effort
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Gadowsky at Penn State: Search for Men's Hockey Coach Took Team Effort
261 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista and other key university athletics players spent Easter weekend sealing the deal to bring Guy Gadowsky—a "super coach, recruiter and proven builder"—to Penn State. [Read More]
Surprise Penn State Hockey Gift, Augusta National Trip Complete 'Masterful' Week
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Surprise Penn State Hockey Gift, Augusta National Trip Complete 'Masterful' Week
263 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On a trip that includes a pilgrimage to golf's mecca and a stop in St. Paul for the Frozen Four, Battista gets word of another gift to the Penn State ice-hockey program. [Read More]
Hockey Trails Wind from NCAA to NHL, Showcase Sport's Broad Appeal
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Hockey Trails Wind from NCAA to NHL, Showcase Sport's Broad Appeal
265 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Where in the world is Joe Battista? Penn State hockey's No. 1 ambassador has been busy visiting the legends and future leaders of a sport that's "for everyone." [Read More]
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