Oklahoma State coach dies in plane crash
Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna died in a plane crash in central Arkansas on Thursday.
The two were traveling on a recruiting trip when the plane went down near Perryville, the school said in a news release. The pilot and another passenger, who were not associated with the university, also perished in the crash.
The plane crash comes 10 months after the school commemorated the 10th anniversary of a crash that killed 10 men associated with the men’s program.
Budke, 50, was beginning his seventh year as coach of the Cowgirls. In 2010 season, Oklahoma State won 24 games and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Budke was a two-time NJCAA Coach of the Year winner and youngest coach admitted into its Hall of Fame.
He leaves behind his wife, Shelley, sons Alex and Brett and daughter Sara, who is a student at Oklahoma State.
Serna played on Budke’s 1996 national championship team at Trinity Valley Community College.