On Thursday morning, Oklahoma State head women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna, and two others were killed in a plane crash in Arkansas. Budke and Serna were on a recruiting trip in a single-engine plane. The pilot and the other passenger were not affiliated with the university. The President of the NCAA, Mark Emmert, has released a statement regarding the crash.
On behalf of the NCAA, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna and the other victims of last night's plane crash. For any coaching community to lose bright stars like Kurt and Miranda is tragic. This is a profound loss for the Oklahoma State women's basketball family, the entire university and future women's basketball players as well. The NCAA stands ready to help Oklahoma State should it need any assistance as it copes with this terrible accident.
The team has already canceled games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Associate head coach Jim Littell has been named as the team's interim head coach.