Nov 3, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT
The CAA was saddened today by the death of VCU head baseball coach Paul Keyes, who lost a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 50.
The Rams’ all-time winningest coach with 603 career victories, Keyes spent 18 seasons at the helm of VCU’s baseball program. During his tenure as head coach, he led the Rams to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and five CAA championships. He was also a four-time CAA Coach of the Year.
After serving as an assistant coach from 1985-91, Keyes returned to VCU as head coach in 1995. He became the program’s winningest coach in nine seasons when he picked up his 330th victory on May 4, 2003. Keyes elevated VCU to not only one of the best programs in the state of Virginia, but also along the East Coast, winning nearly 60 percent of its games over the last 15 years. Under his guidance, VCU boasted 12 straight winning seasons from 1996-2007 and won 40-plus games on four occasions.
Recognized as an excellent teacher, recruiter and mentor, 36 of Keyes’ former players have gone on to play professional baseball, including six in the Major Leagues.
A native of Newport News, Va., he is survived by his wife, Trisha and three children, Paul Jr., MacKenzie and Kyle.
VCU Baseball coach Keyes loses battle with cancer: Richmond Times-Dispatch Tim Pearrell
Remembering Paul Keyes: CollegeBaseballInsider.com Co-Founder Phil Stanton
Keyes Succumbs to Cancer: CollegeBaseballInsider.com Co-Founder Phil Stanton
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