Sunday, 15 January 2012

OSU Cowgirls

Stumbled across this article when watching updates from some basketball games on the weekend. This is the second time in less than a decade that this has happened to the basketball families at this school. Last time it was ten people associated with the men's team, including two players. This time it was the head and assistant coach. They were on their way to Arkansas for a recruiting trip. Hard to believe this kind of thing can happen once in a lifetime, but for this university it has happened twice in less than ten years!
The team is continuing on with their season and doing pretty well too.

Here's part of the article.. find the rest if you want at:

Nov. 18, 2011
(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant women's basketball coach Miranda Serna were killed along with two others Thursday night in a plane crash in Perry County, Arkansas.
Budke and Serna were on a recruiting trip to Arkansas. The other two individuals, including the pilot, were not affiliated with the university. There were no survivors.
"The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy," said OSU President Burns Hargis. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt BudkeMiranda Serna and the other victims.
"Kurt was an exemplary leader and a man of character who had a profound impact on his student-athletes," Hargis said. "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.
"Coach Budke elevated our women's basketball program to new levels of success," Hargis said. "He and his staff raised our profile in the nation's toughest conference."
"Miranda was an up-and-coming coach and an outstanding role model for our young ladies."