Oklahoma State University Women's Coach, Kurt Budke, Killed In Plane Crash

Friday November 18th, 2011

Update: This story has been updated by Sports Illustrated, get more information here.

Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke was killed in a  plane crash Thursday, according to the Tulsa World. Miranda Serna, an assistant coach, was also killed in the incident.

“The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy,” university president Burns  Hargis said in a 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.”

Budke's plane went down when he was in central Arkansas on was on a recruiting trip, the Tulsa World reports.  Budke, Serna, the pilot, and one additional passenger were reportedly killed.

Oklahoma State’s two games scheduled for this weekend against Texas-Arlington and Grambling State have been cancelled.

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