Erik Lyons

Bachelor of Arts





Summa Cum Laude
Margaret Mead Award


San Diego, CA

Award Bio

Born and raised in San Diego, Calif., Erik Lyons is a four-year student-athlete on the NCAA men’s soccer team. He majored in Anthropology and minored in Philosophy, accumulating a 3.86 GPA. Next year, Erik will be completing his Masters of Business Administration while also competing in NCAA soccer for one final year at Utah Valley University.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were

While earning my degree, my biggest supporters were my parents (Joe and Carolyn) who allowed me to pursue what I was passionate about, my brother (Kevin), my girlfriend (Anna), my teammates, my coaches, and my academic advisor in the Anthropology Department (Professor Dana Herrera) who helped me push my limits and find out what I was capable of.

My favorite SMC memory is

Winning the West Coast Conference Championship with the Men's Soccer team to cap off a perfect, undefeated season and going on to play Stanford at home in the NCAA tournament in 2018 in front of a sold out crowd at Saint Mary's Stadium.

I'm looking forward to most

Completing my master's degree this upcoming year, finishing out my collegiate athletic career this Fall, finding a career that I am passionate about, and eventually being done with school.
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
— Jackie Robinson