Balboni named Penn State hockey coach

Scott Balboni was named today as Head Coach of the Penn State Icers. Balboni has been an Icer assistant from 1997-99 and 2002-06 and has been an integral part of three ACHA National Championship teams. He succeeds Joe Battista, the winningest coach in Icer history (512-120-27), who assumed the position of Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club.

In addition to coaching the Icers Balboni will also have marketing responsibilities as the Program/Marketing Coordinator of Ice sports and the Penn State Ice Pavilion.

Balboni is originally from Salem, NH and played his high school hockey at St. Johns Prep school in Danvers, MA where he won a New England Catholic Conference championship in 1992. He was then recruited and played as a full scholarship defenseman for NCAA Division I Providence College from 1992-96. As a defenseman, he tallied 13 goals and 41 assists in 138 career games with the Friars. His collegiate career culminated with the Friars beating Boston University and then Maine to capture the Hockey East championship in 1996. He obtained a baccalaureate degree in Business Management from Providence in 1996.

Balboni is well known in collegiate hockey circles and has been a tireless recruiter and outstanding bench coach for Penn State. Balboni is very familiar with the Icers program and hopes to continue the academic and athletic excellence the program currently enjoys. He has also served as Assistant Director of the Penn State Hockey Camps in the past and will serve as Director in the future.

Since returning to State College in 2002 Balboni has been President and Founder of both MAT Realty, LLC a real estate investment company and Nittany Brokerage a full service investment brokerage firm. Balboni has worked for the last 4 years as the Branch Manager of Saleme Insurance, building and developing the local insurance agency.

Balboni currently resides in Port Matilda with his wife Mary their two children, AJ 8 and Taylor 4.

Coach Balboni will be introduced to the media at a press conference today at 4:00pm at the Penn State Ice Rink by Meg Handley, Coordinator of Team Sports at Penn State. "The quality of applicants for the job was outstanding and it was Coach Balboni's marketing and business expertise, coaching experience, familiarity with the area and the Icers' program, that made him the best fit for the Ice Rink and the Ice Hockey Team," according to Handley.

Former Icer Coach Joe Battista commented, "I am very excited for the future of Penn State Hockey under Scott's leadership. When we hired him as an assistant coach in 1997 he brought a new enthusiasm and energy to the team that helped transform the program into a consistent winner that started a stretch of 9 consecutive appearances in the ACHA National Title game. The program is in good hands with Scott at the helm!

Balboni becomes the 11th coach in Icers History dating back to the first Icer Team in 1939-40.

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