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Work
  • Owner-operatorSeptember 2015 to presentState College, Pennsylvania
    Public speaker, writer, coach, mentor, and consultant. Keynote speaker and trainer for transformational vision, leadership development, personal coaching, and inspired fundraising.
    www.pragmaticpassion.com
  • Vice President of Hockey and Business AdministrationNovember 2013 to August 2015Buffalo, New York
    Vice President of Hockey and Business Administration for the Buffalo Sabres. Worked for Terry and Kim Pegula
  • Associate Athletic DirectorSeptember 2010 to October 2013State College, Pennsylvania
  • Associate Athletic DirectorSeptember 2010 to 2013University Park, Pennsylvania
    I moved back into athletics thanks to the incredible generousity of the Pegula Family whose record gift to Penn State will build a new 6,000 seat main arena and attached community rink which took Hockey at PSU to the Varsity level starting in 2012-2013.
  • Major Gifts DirectorMarch 2009 to September 2010University Park, Pennsylvania
    Worked in my home college of Business as a Major Gift fundraiser and will work with the new Business Leadership Institute and the Center for Sports Business and Research
  • Executive Director of the Nittany Lion ClubApril 2006 to February 2009University Park, Pennsylvania
    After 19 years as Head Coach of the Icers I managed the largest Booster Organization in the NCAA.
  • Head coach (baseball)August 1987 to March 2006University Park, Pennsylvania
    Coached the Penn State Men's Ice Hockey Team for 19 years. Many great players, freinds and great times and 6 ACHA National Titles.
  • Assistant Marketing Director and Director of Amateur Hockey DevelopmentJune 1982 to July 1985Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    First job out of college and a lot of fun even though the team was pretty weak in those days. Coached the Jr. Penguins and made the decision to pursue coaching career after being in the business.
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  • "Someone has to Care" Joe "the Belly Man" Battista, (my dad!).
    "It is not the critic who counts. It is the person actually in the arena who spends themselves on a worthy cause. Their place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat" Teddy Roosevelt

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