STILLWATER, Okla. - During his six seasons in Stillwater, Oklahoma State University womens' head basketball coach Kurt Budke transformed the team into a contender and put them back in the national spotlight.
Budke amassed a 94-68 record. Before his arrival the Cowgirls won only 23 games in three seasons.
His teams made the NCAA tournament three times in four years, the first coming in the 2006-07 season. That appearance in the NCAAs was the Cowgirls first showing since 1996.
Budke came to OSU following a successful stint at powerhouse Louisiana Tech where guided the Lady Techsters to an 80-16 record from 2002-2005.
Budke was from Salina, Kansas. He leaves behind his wife, the former Shelley Balthazor. They have three children; Sara, who is a student at OSU, Alex and Brett.
Assistant Coach Miranda Serna was in her seventh season at Oklahoma State.
She was the program's recruiting coordinator. During her first season, she helped put together a nationally ranked recruiting class. That class has helped the Cowgirls build the foundation that led to the success the team has achieved under Budke's leadership.
Serna worked previously with Coach Budke at Louisiana Tech. Before her time there, she served stints at Fresno State, Chicago State, and Long Beach State.
She is from Guadalupita, New Mexico and leaves behind her parents, sister, two nephews and a niece.