Hall of Fame - Class of 2008

2008 Class - Joe Battista and Jesse Hubenschmidt


Joe Battista Jesse Hubenschmidt

Joe Battista

Joe Battista was a founding member of the ACHA. He served as the 2nd President of the ACHA from 1993-1995.


Battista led the Icers to ACHA national championships in 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 and the runner-up position six times, including 2004, 2005 and 2006. He compiled an overall record of 512-120-27 in 19 years as Icers head coach, good for a winning percentage of .800. He won his 500th game with a 6-5 victory over Arizona State during the 2005-06 season.


Battista was named the ACHA Men’s Division 1 Coach of the Year twice (1999-2000 and 2001-02) and was Head Coach of Team USA at the World University Games in 2003 in Tarvisio, Italy. He has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame and the Penn State Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.


His players excelled in the classroom, regularly earning a team grade point average above 3.0. The Icers boasted an ACHA-best 41 Academic All-Americans since 1995 when he joined the Nittany Lion Club staff. Battista, along with team advisors Dr. Ray Lombra and Dr. Paul Cohen, helped launch the Icers Enhancement Endowment Fund in 1998 and have raised more almost $1 million to date.


Battista attended Penn State and was an original member of the Lion Ambassadors. He also served as President of the Ice Hockey Club, Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and a volunteer for the Second Mile. He played defense for the Icers from 1978-82. He graduated from the Smeal College of Business with a degree in marketing in 1983.


After graduation, he became an assistant to the Marketing Director for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins for three years. He then began coaching at Kent State and Culver (Ind.) Military Academy and as a USA Hockey Player Development and Coaching Certification instructor. He became head coach of the Penn State Icers in 1987.


Joe is currently the Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club.


During his initial year as Executive Director, Battista enthusiastically led the charge to increase membership in the Nittany Lion Club beyond 20,000, a goal which was reached and re-set for 21,000 for 2007.


The more than 20,000 members of the Nittany Lion Club make possible grant-in-aid support for more than 500 student-athletes and provide operational support for Penn State's broad-based 29 varsity sport program.


Battista is a regular on the public speaking circuit with corporations, Penn State alumni chapters and classes, schools and banquets.

Jesse Hubenschmidt

Jesse Hubenschmidt, a forward for the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 1992-1996, becomes the 1st player to be inducted into the ACHA Hall-of-Fame. Jesse compiled 185 goals and 186 assists in 136 games and was the 1995 Bob Johnson Award winner as college hockey’s top player and a finalist in 1996. Jesse was 1st team Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) 3 years and Most Valuable Player two of those years while being an ACHA 1st Team All-American two years as well. He set a freshman scoring record with 90 points and a school record of 8 short-handed goals. In his junior season Jesse set a national record with 128 points (71 goals and 57 assists). While playing, his teams placed 6th or higher at the ACHA National Tournament in those 4 years. His jersey is the only jersey retired by the University of Michigan Dearborn and his scoring record still stands today.


After his playing career ended in 1996, Jesse was an Assistant Coach at the University of Michigan-Dearborn for 3 seasons (1996-1999). As well, Jesse has been an instructor at the Suburban Hockey School for the past 14 years.


Jesse and his wife Jennifer have two girls, Allie (4 years old) and Avery (1 year old), and they reside in South Lyon, MI. Jesse is employed by Cinetic Automation, which is an auto supplier, in Farmington Hills, MI, in the finance/sales area.


#25 JESSE HUBENSCHMIDT, University of Michigan-Dearborn



2.73 Points per game over career


[Note: There were No ACHA All-American Awards Prior to 1994-1995]


1992-1993 ACHA 2nd Team All-Tournament

1992-1993 CSCHL 1st Team All-League


1993-1994 CSCHL Honorable Mention All-League

[During the 1993-1994 season, Jesse had shoulder surgery and did not play until December 1993]


1994-1995 ACHA 1st Team All-American

1994-1995 ACHA 1st Team All-Tournament

1994-1995 CSCHL 1st Team All-League

1994-1995 CSCHL Most Valuable Player


1995-1996 ACHA 1st Team All-American

1995-1996 CSCHL 1st Team All-League

1995-1996 CSCHL Most Valuable Player



1995 Bob Johnson Award Winner

1996 Bob Johnson Award Finalist


University of Michigan-Dearborn Hall of Fame


#25 Jersey retired by the University of Michigan-Dearborn