Kurt Budke to Lead Cowgirls

STILLWATER, Okla. - Kurt Budke, one of the most successful coaches in the country, has been recommended to become Oklahoma State's head women's basketball coach. Athletics Director Harry Birdwell made the recommendation to President and System CEO Dr. David Schmidly at a Monday afternoon press conference. Pending approval of OSU's Board of Regents, Budke will become the sixth head coach in the history of the Cowgirl basketball program.

Budke comes to Oklahoma State from Louisiana Tech where he has served as head coach since 2002. In three seasons at Louisiana Tech, Budke led the Lady Techsters to an 80-16 record with three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

In the just completed 2004-05 season, Louisiana Tech finished with a 20-10 record and was co-champions of the Western Athletic Conference. His 2003-04 team fashioned a 29-3 record, defeated sixth-ranked Penn State, snapping a 24-game home winning streak and also defeated Montana, snapping a 22-game home winning streak.

Budke's 2003-04 team also claimed a victory over Texas Tech and finished second in the NCAA in scoring offense at 82.4 points per game. The Lady Techsters claimed both the regular season WAC title and the postseason tournament title.

Budke's first Louisiana Tech team finished with a 31-3 record and a No. six final national ranking. The Lady Techsters were regional semifinalists and Budke was named the WAC Coach of the Year.

Prior to becoming head coach at Louisiana Tech, Budke served two years as associate head coach and served as recruiting coordinator as well as handling scheduling, scouting reports and working with Tech's post players.

Success has followed Budke at every stop along his professional career. Prior to joining Leon Barmore's staff at Tech, he spent seven seasons as head coach at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.

At Trinity Valley, Budke had a combined record of 273-30, the highest winning percentage in NJCAA history. He led his teams to four national championships, two national runner-up finishes and had one other appearance in a regional final.

He was the NJCAA National Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1998 and was the Texas Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1999. He is the youngest coach to ever be inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

When Budke took over at Louisiana Tech for Barmore in 2002, he inherited a team that had graduated five seniors and three starters and had nine newcomers on his first roster. In his very first game as head coach at Tech, he guided his team to an 85-76 win over seventh-ranked Texas Tech.

Budke started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Washburn University in 1984 before moving to Friends University as an assistant coach.

He is a native of Salina, Kansas, and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Washburn in 1984. Budke earned a master of science degree from Wichita State in 1985. As a player, he earned all-conference honors at Barton County Junior College in 1981.

Budke was born June 3, 1961 and is married to the former Shelley Balthazor. The Budke's have three children, Sara (15), Alex (12) and Brett (9).

Kurt Budke's Coaching Career
Year                School/Position                        Record        Notes
2004-05        Louisiana Tech (Head Coach)        20-10                WAC Co-champions
2003-04        Louisiana Tech (Head Coach)        29-3                Sweet Sixteen
2002-03        Louisiana Tech (Head Coach)        31-3                Regional Semifinalist
2001-02        Louisiana Tech (Assoc. Coach)        25-5                WAC Champions
2000-01        Louisiana Tech (Assoc. Coach)        31-5                NCAA Elite Eight
1999-00        Trinity Valley (Head Coach)        24-6                Regional Finalist
1998-99        Trinity Valley (Head Coach)        36-0                National Champions
1997-98        Trinity Valley (Head Coach)        34-1                National Runner-up
1996-97        Trinity Valley (Head Coach)        34-2                National Champions
1995-96        Trinity Valley (Head Coach)        32-4                National Champions
1994-95        Trinity Valley (Head Coach)        31-2                National Runner-up
1993-94        Trinity Valley (Head Coach)        35-1                National Champions
1992-93        Allen County (Head Coach)        25-7                No. 18 National Ranking
1991-92        Allen County (Head Coach)        22-8                No. 17 National Ranking

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