Joe Hapanionek studied sociology and criminal justice at the University of Dubuque and played baseball during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. In those two seasons, Joe broke the school’s baseball records including number of homeruns, RBIs, total bases, slug percentage, and saves. In March 2005, the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) announced Joe as the IIAC Male Athlete of the Week. He was the 2005 NCAA Division III National Champion in home runs (.43) and slugging percentage (.888). Joe ranked eighth in the nation in RBI's per game with a 1.43 average and was twice named an Honorable Mention National Player of the Week. He was also named to the Third Team All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
After his college athletic career, Joe went on to sign a professional contract to play baseball with the Sioux Falls Canaries. He was the only Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference student-athlete to sign a professional contract in 2005. Joe married his wife, Rosella, in 2009, and the two are busy raising their four sons, Joey, Jacob, Jayce, and Jonathan. When he isn’t playing baseball, Joe works as director of healthcare for multiple hospitals and he coaches baseball. Joe and his family are live in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
By the Numbers:
- Third Team ABCA and NCBWA All-American (2005)
- First Team ABCA and NCBWA All-Region (2005)
- First Team All-IIAC (2005)
- Two-time Honorable Mention National Player of the Week
- CAREER RANKS: 1st in home runs (23), 1st in slugging percentage (.771), 1st in saves (8), 5th in putouts (559), 6th in RBI (84), 6th in on base percentage (.445), 6th in fielding percentage (.983), 9th in batting average (.360), 9th in total bases (180).
- SINGLE SEASON RANKS: 1st in HR (16; 2005), 1st in RBI (53; 2005), 1st in total bases (111; 2005), 1st in SLUG (.888: 2005), 1st in saves (5; 2005), 3rd in OBP (.503; 2005), 3rd in putouts (289; 2005), 5th in batting average (.419; 2005), 6th in home runs (7; 2004), 9th in putouts (270; 2004).