Oklahoma State University will hold a memorial service to honor the lives of Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna today at 2 p.m. EDT after the entire campus and alumni community mourned their losses this weekend after news of a fatal plane crash spread on Friday morning.
News of the crash sent shockwaves throughout the women’s basketball community this weekend, even for coaches that would neither claim Budke as a close friend or familiar opponent.
On Friday night, just under 1700 miles northwest of Stillwater, Northern Colorado and University of San Francisco staffs that hardly knew the two OSU coaches honored their memories by wearing orange ribbons for their game on the Bay Area campus where legendary OSU men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton finished out his career.
“I was devastated when I saw that on TV this morning,” said Northern Colorado coach Jamie White on Friday after an 85-81 win at USF. “And I had had some contact with the assistant Jim Littell quite a bit in recruiting and [this was] just absolutely sickening…Just something you don’t ever want to happen to your program and you don’t even know what to say about that.”
For University of San Francisco coach Jennifer Azzi, her first impression of Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke became an unfortunate lasting impression in light of the tragic news of his death.