Friday, November 18, 2011

Oklahoma St. Women's B-Ball coaches killed in crash

Kurt Budke

**UPDATE** at bottom of this story.

A horrible story to report this morning. Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna along with another passenger and a pilot were killed when their plane crashed in Perry County, Arkansas late Thursday night. in Tulsa said they were flying in a Piper PA-28 Cherokee airplane.

According to, the coaches were on a recruiting trip.

Budke had been the head coach since 2005 and won 112 games while coaching in Stillwater. His teams made the NCAA tournament 3-times and also made 2 other post season appearance.

Read the entire story from RIGHT HERE

Budke leaves behind a wife and three kids, Serna, was a long-time assistant, she also coached in Stillwater the past seven years before coming over from Lousiana Tech with Budke.

Okie State President Burns Hargis released a statement saying: "The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims."

As do ours.


The plane belonged to former Oklahoma State Senator Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula. It was not the 1st air tragedy for the Oklahoma State Athletic department. In 2001, one of the 3 planes the men's basketball team was flying in to a game in Colorado crashed.

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