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Okla. State Coach, Asst. Coach Die In Plane Crash

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Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna. Photo courtesy KFOR

Oklahoma State University’s head women’s basketball coach, Kurt Budke, assistant coach, Miranda Serna, and two others were killed in a plane crash Thursday afternoon in Perry County, Arkansas.

A news release from Oklahoma State confirmed the crash.  Budke and Serna were on a recruiting trip in Arkansas.  The two others on the plane, including the pilot, were not affiliated with OSU.

In the new release, President Burns Hargis said, “The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy.  Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.”

The OSU women’s team was scheduled to take on Grambling State Saturday and Texas-Arlington Sunday.  The Tulsa World reports both games have been canceled.

This isn’t the first time Oklahoma State athletics have been devastated by a deadly plane crash.  In 2001, a plane crashed in Colorado during a snow storm, killing ten, including several associated with the OSU men’s basketball team.

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