McKeown Reflects On Kurt Budke

Northwestern women's basketball head coach Joe McKeown said Friday he hopes the team can hold some kind of tribute in memory of Oklahoma State head coach Kurt Budke at their next home game. Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna died, along with two others, in a plane crash Thursday night.

"I was a friend of Coach Budke for a long time," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "I'm just devastated by what happened and I pray for the families."

McKeown worked as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1983 through 1986, where he interacted with many big names in women's college basketball including Budke.

"We spent a lot of time on the road with recruiting. He was really just a class-A person," McKeown said.

Budke was the head coach of OSU since 2005. Before that, he coached at Louisiana Tech, first as an assistant and later as a head coach. Serna had been at OSU for seven years.

"They gave their lives to women's basketball," McKeown said.

The Oklahoma State women's basketball is currently 2-0 and play their next game on Saturday against Grambling State at 2:00 p.m. CT. The school's first athletic competition following the tragedy is tonight's football game at Iowa State at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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