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Oklahoma State University women's basketball coaches killed in plane crash

Kurt Budke Kurt Budke
Miranda Serna Miranda Serna

Oklahoma State University says their head women's basketball coach, an assistant coach, the pilot and one other passenger were killed in a plane crash in Arkansas Thursday night.

According to the university, head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were on a recruiting trip to Arkansas when their plane crashed in Perry County, Arkansas.  The pilot and the other passenger were not affiliated with the university.

"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," OSU President Burns Hargis said in a written statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.  Kurt was an exemplary leader and a man of character who had a profound impact on his student-athletes. He was an outstanding coach and a wonderful person. We send our deepest sympathies to his wife, Shelley, and their children, Sara, Alex and Brett.  Miranda was an up-and-coming coach and an outstanding role model for our young ladies."

Associate head coach Jim Littell will become the interim head coach. The university says the Cowgirls will not play games scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

Budke, who was in his seventh season as Cowgirl coach, had an all-time record of 112-83.  OSU made postseason appearances each of the past five seasons, including three trips to the NCAA tournament under Budke.  He was 50-years old.

Miranda Serna was also in her seventh season as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.

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