Paul Keyes, baseball coach at VCU for 18 years, dies after battle with cancer

VCU baseball coach Paul Keyes has died after six-month battle with cancer.

The school says Keyes died Saturday afternoon. He was 50 and was diagnosed in April with Stage 4 melanoma.

Keyes won 603 games in 18 years as the Rams' coach, the most in school history. The Rams went to the NCAA tournament eight times during his tenure, and won the Colonial Athletic Association title five times.

The Rams sent 36 players into professional baseball after playing at VCU, including six that reached the major leagues.

Interim coach Shawn Stiffler says Keyes' impact "will be felt for years to come because of the many lives he touched."