RICHMOND, Va. – Shawn Stiffler has been a part of the VCU Baseball program for seven years. His time with the Rams won't be ending anytime soon as Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin announced a contract extension for Stiffler.

"Shawn did an excellent job managing a difficult situation throughout the year. He is a tremendous coach and mentor for our student-athletes, much like Coach Keyes was," McLaughlin said. "Shawn is a loyal VCU Ram due to his time as our top assistant and our program is headed in a good direction under his leadership."

Stiffler recently completed his first-year at the helm of the Black & Gold, guiding the Rams to a 28-26 record after taking over for legendary Head Coach Paul Keyes, who passed away after a bout with cancer in November.

During his tenure at VCU, the Rams have won two conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. In his 12 years of collegiate coaching, Stiffler has coached 30 MLB draft picks, 15 of which he personally recruited. He has coached nine All-Americans, two conference player of the year award winners and 49 all-conference honorees.

"I would like to thank Dr. Rao and Ed McLaughlin for the support and confidence they have shown our staff and program. It has never been a more exciting time to be a part of this athletic department," Stiffler said. "Having been involved with collegiate baseball in the state of Virginia for the past 10-plus seasons, I know that we have a tremendous opportunity to win here at VCU. Our staff will work tirelessly to continue the tradition of recruiting high caliber student-athletes, compete for championships at the highest level and graduate leaders into our community."

Prior to his arrival in Richmond, Stiffler spent five years as an assistant at his alma mater, George Mason. While with the Patriots, he saw the team ERA lower each season and in 2005 oversaw the third-lowest ERA in school history at 4.03.

The Somerset, Pa. native earned a B.A. degree in communications from George Mason in December, 2001, after a four-year career as a pitcher for the Patriots. He is a 1997 graduate of Somerset High School, where he earned honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 53rd round.
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