The Stillwater, Oklahoma community was rocked Friday morning with the tragic news that Oklahoma State Women's Head Basketball Coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda Serna were killed in a tragic plane crash Thursday afternoon.
The two coaches were taking a plane to Little Rock, Arkansas to see some recruits when the plane went down around 4 p.m. near the Winona Wildlife Management Area in the Ouachita Mountains according to ESPN.com.
It is a tragedy that comes 10 years after another tragedy where a plane went down carrying some players and radio crew after a basketball game in Boulder, Colorado.
staff is extremely heartbroken and devastated this morning to hear about Kurt (Budke) and Miranda (Serna). Our thoughts and prayers go out
to their families, staff, team and the entire Oklahoma State family," Texas
Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "Kurt was not only a great basketball coach,
but an even better husband and dad. I have learned a lot through the years from
Kurt on keeping the game in perspective. Any time we saw each other, sent
a text or called, the first thing he would ask me is how Kelly and the girls
were doing. He loved his family and treated his players and staff as a family.
"Miranda was a bright young star in our business, but beyond that just a tremendous young lady. There are no words that can adequately express how we feel right now. It truly puts the game of basketball in perspective."
Stoehr, who played at Louisiana Tech while Kurt Budke was an associate head coach from 2000-2002.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Kurt and Miranda's families as well as the whole Oklahoma State community," Stoehr said. "We lost two great human beings that positively impacted the lives of so many people. I feel fortunate to have played under coach Budke at Louisiana Tech and learned so many valuable lessons from him. One of the most important things I will always remember about him was how much he loved his family and how proud he was of them. Miranda was a great colleague and always had a smile on her face. She had an incredible willingness to give of herself and serve others. I feel honored to have been associated with both coach Budke and Miranda. They have left a lasting legacy and tremendous example for each one of us to follow as we try and move forward."
The Lady Raiders face off against the Oklahoma State Cowgirls to open Big 12 Conference play here in Lubbock on January 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. inside the United Spirit Arena.