OSU Women's Basketball Coach, Assistant Killed In Plane Crash
Miranda Serna and Kurt Budke during a game.
Olin and Paula Branstetter met at OSU in the 1950s. [courtesy Ponca City News]
Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna
Two flowers were left at the Remember The Ten memorial at OSU in honor of Coach Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna.
A person pays his respects to Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna at the Remember The Ten memorial at OSU.
STILLWATER, Oklahoma -
The head coach and an assistant coach of the Oklahoma State University women's basketball team were killed Thursday evening in a small plane crash in Arkansas.
Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and two others died when the single-engine, four-seat Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed about four miles south of Perryville. That's about 30 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Budke and Serna were on a recruiting trip to Arkansas. Hunters reported seeing the plane go down in a heavily wooded area around 4 p.m. and called 911. The Perry County Sheriff's Office arrived at the crash site around 6 p.m.
Serna had also been at OSU for six seasons. She worked under Coach Budke at Louisiana Tech and came with him when he moved to OSU. Hargis called her an up-and-coming coach and an outstanding role model.
Mike Holder, the OSU vice president for athletics, said associate head coach Jim Little will assume duties as interim head coach. The Cowgirls were scheduled to play games Saturday and Sunday, but those games have been canceled. OSU is offering counseling to the athletes and staff.
This is the second plane crash to claim members of the OSU basketball family. On January 27, 2001, 10 members of the men's basketball team were killed in a plane crash in Colorado, including News 9 Sports Director Bill Teegins.