On Friday, Oct. 2, three Orfalea College of Business alumni were inducted into the Cal Poly Athletics’ Hall of Fame: swimmer and water polo player Jack Adam (B.S., Industrial Arts, 1962), football quarterback Craig Johnston (B.S., Business Administration, 1980), and softball player Lisa Modglin (B.S., Business Administration, 2007). They are among a class of eight inductees recognized for their athletic prowess across six decades of Mustang Athletics.
Adam was an NCAA Division I All-American for three consecutive years, all in the 1,500-meter freestyle, an accomplishment that no other Cal Poly swimmer has attained in any event in NCAA Division I. He was ranked in the top 10 nationally throughout his career at Cal Poly while setting school records for freestyle and individual medley. He also won seven times at California State College Swimming Championships. Adam went on to serve in the Air Force and coach both swimming and water polo. He used his Industrial Arts degree to lead a 30-year career as an instrumentation engineer at McDonnell Douglas. Adam retired in 2001, returning to San Luis Obispo with his wife Sally (B.S., Physical Education, 1968). Their children Ian, Melinda and Natalie are also Cal Poly alumni.
Johnston quarterbacked the 1980 Cal Poly football team to the NCAA Division II National Championship. He was also two-time team captain and led the Mustangs to the 1978 playoffs. He was Cal Poly’s first quarterback to pass for over 2,000 yards in a season and completed 279 of 508 career passes. Johnston still ranks sixth for career passing yards, single season [assing yards and completions among Mustang quarterbacks. His three sons, Patrick, Phillip and Kenney, all have come to Cal Poly to play or coach football. Johnston went on to serve as the head coach at Carmel High School and pen several books on coaching football. He and his wife Patty (B.S., Physical Education, 1983) have been married for 30 years.
Modglin 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. She continues to hold school records for career batting average, hits, runs, steals, doubles, triples, stolen bases and slugging percentage. Cal Poly honored Modglin with its Female Athlete of the Year award in 2007. She is the only Cal Poly softball player to play professionally, playing two years for the New England Riptide (2007-08) and four more with the Akron Racers (2009-12) in the National Professional Fastpitch League. She is only the second softball player to be inducted into Cal Poly Athletics’ Hall of Fame. Modglin, who concentrated in accounting at Cal Poly, is now a tax manager at Watson & Associates CPAs in Colorado.
For more information on the 2015 cohort of Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, visit www.gopoly.com.