On Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, Orfalea College of Business alumna Lisa Modglin (Business Administration, ’07) was inducted into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievements in women’s softball. She was recognized alongside seven other inductees, two of whom were fellow Orfalea College of Business alumni.
Modglin, who concentrated in accounting, was Cal Poly’s leadoff hitter and center-fielder. She was named an NFCA and Easton All-American while leading Cal Poly’s softball team to its first Big West Conference championship and first Division I post-season appearance in 2007. To this day, she says that season is still her most unforgettable experience at Cal Poly.
“In the years prior, we had good teams and worked really hard, but we came up short. In 2007, we had a mission to win the conference and go to post season,” says Modglin. “We all came together, from freshmen to seniors, to be the first program do that since we became a Division I program. It was a fun season.”
Today, Modglin still holds program records for career batting average (.369), hits (236), runs (152), steals (41), doubles (43), triples (17), total bases (379) and slugging percentage (.593). She also is in the top 10 in numerous single-season categories at Cal Poly, including No. 1 in batting average (.476), hits (81), runs (56), home runs (16), total bases (157), slugging percentage (.924) and steals (18).
Modglin is only the second softball player in the school’s history to be inducted into Cal Poly Athletics’ Hall of Fame; Desirae Knipfer French was inducted in 2003. Modglin also played professionally, including two years with the New England Riptide (2007-08) and four more with the Akron Racers (2009-12) in the National Professional Fastpitch League.
Today, Modglin is a tax manager at Watson & Associates CPAs in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to her Mustang Pride from softball, Modglin says she is proud to share her academic experience at Cal Poly.
“When I tell people I have an accounting degree from Cal Poly, it’s always an impressive thing. I’m glad I have the Cal Poly business school behind me because my degree is really worth something.”
Looking back on her time at Cal Poly, Modglin says she will always hold fond memories of athletics and academics –from 6 a.m. weight training, to working with Professor Li Dang, to her senior project with Michelle Bissonnette and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
“I’m still excited to brag about Cal Poly. It’s always going to be a part of me and my history,” she said. “And now I get to be a part of its history.”