Lyons Honored As Best Advisor For Student-Athletes

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Learning Resources for Student Athletes Director Kevin Lyons has been honored as the nation's top academic advisor for collegiate student-athletes.

Lyons was selected by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics as winner of its 1998 Lan Hewlett Award, regarded as the nation's top honor in the field. The association is comprised of 650 professionals involved in academic support for collegiate student-athletes.

"It was a great surprise, but I am certainly honored by this award, since it comes from my peers," said Lyons, who was nominated by Learning Resources Academic Counselor Amy Lacombe, a 1990 alumnus who played on the women's basketball team. "The award is as much a recognition of our program, and of Boston College itself, as it is of an individual. I feel I've been blessed with a wonderful staff and a very supportive administration."

Named for a long-time University of Texas advisor, the Lan Hewlett Award has been presented annually since 1990 to advisors who demonstrate a high level of competency in administrative skills and effectiveness in developing junior staff, are innovative in meeting the needs of student-athletes and make significant contributions to the field of athletic academic advising.

Kevin Lyons
"This award is well-deserved," said Prof. Joseph Quinn (Economics), the University's faculty advisor to athletics. "Kevin combines honesty, integrity, hard work and good humor, and he is a delight to work with. I always thought Kevin and his staff had to be among the best in the country. I'm glad that those who really ought to know agree."

Lyons was appointed Learning Resources director when the office was established in 1984. Since the office was founded, BC has attained national recognition for its high student-athlete retention and graduation rates. For example, the University won the College Football Association's Academic Achievement Award in 1995 and 1996 for graduating the highest percentage of football players in the nation. Lyons also received the CFA's 1996 Athletic Academic Advisor Award.

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