November 5, 2012

Baseball Community Reflects on Paul Keyes

"The college baseball community is very saddened to learn of the death of Paul Keyes. I extend my deepest sympathies to the Keyes family, the players he impacted, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Paul will be remembered for his passion for the game of baseball and his dedication to guiding his players to be the best on the field, in the classroom, and in their lives. Paul was a great ambassador for college athletics and represented his university and family with pride, class and commitment."
Brian O'Connor, Virginia head coach

"When I think of Paul, Paul is VCU baseball. When you think about what he did with VCU baseball and the success he had, I don't know that anyone ever dreamed that was possible."
Tony Guzzo, former head coach at VCU and Old Dominion

"He had an unbelievable feel for the game. He could see things before they happened…the little nuances of the game that would lead to a big difference. He was able to make in-game adjustments that ended in a winning result."
Shawn Stiffler, VCU associate head coach

"Paul conducted a championship program with class and integrity that was universally respected by his competitors. He instilled in his players a sense of achievement long after their playing careers were over and he had a profound impact on his players' lives. It's a tragic loss for his family and all those who counted Paul as a friend."
Tom Yeager, CAA Commissioner

"The thing I remember about Paul is that he was just so intelligent and always ahead of the game, no matter what we were doing. He was a great mentor to me, and more than that, he was a great friend. And above all else, he was a great family man."
Mark McQueen, Richmond head coach and assistant for six years at VCU with Paul Keyes

 "Today we are saddened with the loss of one of our friends and colleagues. In this time of sorrow, I know we will all remember Paul for the positive impacts he had on so many people's lives. He touched so many and was a great friend and mentor who will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Ryan Wheeler, Temple head coach

 "There's a great etiquette among the college baseball coaches. Paul was at the forefront of that. He was about as personable as they come. He's one of the good ones. We lost a great ambassador, a great family man."
Dean Ehehalt, Monmouth head coach

 "Today is a very sad day for the Keyes family. Keydog was a person that always took the time to mentor and provide his insight to young coaches in the profession. His teams made a lasting impression on the CAA. RIP coach and know that you left having an influence on many of people."
Joe Raccuia, Radford head coach

 "I always liked to play against VCU so I could talk with Coach Keyes before the game about college baseball. He was very very well versed in the college game and always had a lot of good ideas about the college game. One of the smartest guys out there. So sorry to hear about this. My team has prayed many times for him and his family. God bless them."
Jim Toman, Liberty head coach

 "Paul was one of the best coaches in the country. A real good person, too. Very honest and genuine. Those of us who know him will miss him."
Mike Gottlieb, Towson head coach

 "Coach Keyes and I had some great battles on the field over the years. His teams always played hard. Toward the end of his life, we became closer off the field as we had several discussions about our faith in Jesus Christ, our lord and savior. I would ask for his friends and colleagues to continue to pray for his family."
Spanky McFarland, James Madison head coach
 
"Paul was a complete good man in our business. He truly represented VCU and College Baseball in all the right ways."
Jim Sherman, Delaware head coach
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