The Edmond Sun

November 18, 2011

Memorial service set for OSU coaches


CNHI News Service

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University will pay tribute to women's basketball head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna during a memorial service at 1 p.m. Monday in Gallagher-Iba Arena, according to a university official.

Budke and Serna as well as Olin and Paula Branstetter were killed Thursday afternoon when a 1964-model Piper plane crashed near Perryville, Ark., during a recruitment trip. The university announced the news Friday morning during a press conference in which OSU President Burns Hargis called the event "devastating."

"It's our worst nightmare," he said.

The accident marks the second time OSU athletics has experienced such tragedy in less than 11 years. Ten members of the Cowboys basketball travel party died in a plane crash on Jan. 27, 2001, while returning from a game in Colorado.

All classes normally schedule for 12:30-2:30 p.m. Monday on the OSU campus will be canceled, OSU officials said Friday afternoon.