Kurt Budke, Oklahoma State Women's Basketball Coach, Killed in Plane Crash With Three Others

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Oklahoma State head women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna, one of his assistant coaches, have died in a plane crash along with two others.

Their tragic deaths happened just 10 months after the school marked the 10th anniversary of a crash that killed 10 men associated with the men's program.

The plane went down Thursday night in Perry County, Ark., killing the pilot and another individual not affiliated with the university, Oklahoma State said.

No one survived the crash.

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Kurt Budke, 50, had opened his seventh season as the Cowgirls' coach on Sunday with a 96-60 win over Rice in a home game in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

"The entire Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," University President Burns Hargis said Friday in a statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims."

"Kurt Budke was an incredibly positive influence on his players and a tremendous coach. He quickly turned our program around and put Cowgirl basketball on the map."

Associate head coach Jim Littell will take over as interim head coach, though the school canceled the team's games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The Cowboys' college football team, currently ranked second in the nation, plays Friday night at Iowa State. That game will be played as scheduled.

Our condolences go out to the families and friends of the deceased.

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