LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Beryl Shipley, a former men's basketball coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, has died. He was 84.

He died Friday night in Lafayette after a battle with cancer, said Cade Sirmans, an athletic department spokesman at UL-Lafayette.

Shipley was the school's most successful coach and over 16 seasons he led them to 15 winning seasons and finished with a 293-126 record. In the 1960s, under Shipley's direction, they won five Gulf State championships in six seasons and the 1964-65 NAIA District 27 Tournament Championship.

In the 1970-1971 season, the school moved up to the NCAA level and advanced to the NCAA college tournament that same year.