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Oklahoma State Basketball Coaches Budke and Serna Killed in Plane Crash

| by Alex Groberman

Oklahoma State University head women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed in a plane crash Thursday night.

According to CBS News, the pair’s single-engine Piper PA-28 plane crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas late Thursday night. Specifically, the accident has been said to have occurred near Perryville, approximately 45 miles west of Little Rock. Although the Winona Wildlife Management Area has traditionally been recognized as having particularly steep terrain in the eastern Ouachita Mountains, the cause of the crash has not yet been identified.

"There were no survivors," the university said in a statement.

Two others, including the pilot, also died as a result of the crash, which reportedly took place around 7:00 p.m.

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Budke and Serna’s trip has been recognized as a recruiting venture.

In seven seasons as an Oklahoma State coach, Budke was 112-83. This season, his team was 1-0 after a victory last Sunday over Rice. Under his direction, the squad made it to the postseason in each of the last five years.

Earlier this year, Oklahoma State commemorated the 10th anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 members of the university’s basketball travel party back in 2001.