OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement regarding the loss of women's basketball Coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda Serna of the Oklahoma State University Women's Basketball Team:
"The loss of Coach Kurt Budke and Assistant Coach Miranda Serna has shocked and saddened all of us. In addition to working to reshape the OSU women's basketball program into a top 10 contender, both coaches were mentors and role models to countless young women.
They will be remembered as great coaches and great people who made all of Oklahoma proud. I am asking all Oklahomans to keep the OSU community, the women's basketball team, and the family and many friends of Coach Budke and Coach Serna in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this terrible tragedy."
Budke and Serna were killed during a recruiting trip in Arkansas Thursday night after the plane they were flying in crashed in a wooded area outside Perryville.