VCU mourns with the passing of long-time baseball coach, Paul Keyes

A very tough day in Ram Nation as VCU mourns the loss of long-time baseball coach, Paul Keyes.

Keyes was the winningest coach in the history of the program, notching 603 career wins in his 18 years as head coach. He passed away Saturday afternoon after battling cancer. Keyes was just 50 years old.

VCU AD Ed McLaughlin commented in an official release:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a tremendous human being,” said VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. “Paul was an outstanding baseball coach and an even better husband, father, friend and man. The VCU Department of Athletics and the entire campus community will keep Trisha and the Keyes family in our thoughts and prayers during their time of grieving.

“Our baseball program is in very capable hands with Coach Shawn Stiffler and the rest of the staff. We will move forward the way Coach Keyes would want and contend for conference championships. His impact will continue to be felt on the VCU Baseball program for years to come.”

For the full release click here.

A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...