Ten months after Oklahoma State commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Jan. 2001 plane crash that killed 10 members of its men's basketball traveling party, the university has endured another similarly horrifying tragedy.
Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died during a recruiting trip Thursday when their small plane crashed in Perry County, Ark. The pilot and the only other passenger aboard the plane also were killed.
Budke, a 50-year-old native of Salina, Kan., transformed an Oklahoma State program that went winless in Big 12 play during his debut season six years ago into a perennial NCAA tournament contender. The Cowboys earned NCAA bids three times in the past five years, making their second-ever Sweet 16 appearance in 2008.
Serna, a former player under Budke at Trinity Community College, joined her ex-coach's staff at Louisiana Tech and stayed with him when he made the move to Stillwater in 2005. The New Mexico native served asRead More »from Oklahoma State women’s coach, assistant killed in plane crash