I am a UT Lady Vol fan just wanted to say Sorry to hear about the loss of your Women's Basketball Coach. You all have my prayers.
- Millisa Gingerich (Tennessee)
My wife and I both attended OSU, and the news we received Friday morning about the tragedy was devastating. I've never missed Stillwater more than I have the last few days. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the four victims, and our hearts will be in Stillwater with the memorial service. God bless and Go POKes.
- Dan and Shannon BroOKs (Tallahassee, Florida)
My thoughts are with the families and friends of the four people lost in this tragedy.
- Brent Bushnell (Tulsa, OK)
Thought a prayers are with the families,friends,and the OSU family.
- Derick (BrOKen Arrow, OK)
Thoughts and prayers go out to all the families. The OSU family has lost, yet again, an amazing group of people. You will be greatly missed!
- Gavin Powers (Stillwater, OK)
Thoughts and prayers to the families, players and university! Fond memories of Coach B. at La. Tech playing against TU. So happy we had him and Coach Serna for the time we did!
- Louan Torres (Tulsa, OK)
I was never a WBB fan until Budke came along. I will miss seeing him in that orange blazer.
- Joey Bowles (Tulsa, OK)
We will always honor those that fall before us.
- Melisa Parkerson (Guthrie, OK)
I graduated from OSU in 1991 and had the opportunity to go back to Stillwater in 2007. I used to manage the Mazzio's there. Coach Budke and his family would come in a few times a month to dine. He was always gracious and very friendly; a real stand-up guy. I was shocked when my wife called me and told me the news. He will be missed, as will the others who were with him. OSU has lost another great person.
- John Main (Sherman, TX)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected by this devastating tragedy. May God be with them, as well as the players during this trying time. God bless and Go POKes.
- The Furnas Family (Ponca City, OK)
May all the Families, Friends, and and loved ones affected know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Orange is a bright color, strong and loyal, just like the OSU family. God Bless all of you.
- The Gerdes Family (Edmond, OK)
My prayers go out to the familys, and to osu women's basketball team.
- Amanda Bates (Stillwater, OK)
My family prays for the families of those lost in the plane crash. I never met any of them personally, but I feel like I've lost not only friends, but family myself. It's part of being a cowboy, always.
- Kirk Ward (Perry, OK)
My husband Brent and I are both OSU graduates and former residents of Stillwater. We were so saddened to hear of the plane crash. We were fortunate to know all four of the victims of the crash - they were all wonderful people. Please know that our hearts are with the OSU family today as we remember these Cowboys.
- Keri Williams Foster (Edmond, OK)
OSU lost some good ones. I am sad for the whole OSU family and especially for the victims' immediate families. We will go on but we will not forget.
- Heather Condict Brown (OKlahoma City, OK)
My heros have always been cowboys ...
- testerman (Hollis, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends and of course, the entire OSU family during this difficult time.
- Paulette Butterworth (Georgetown, TX)
Just wanted to let everyone know the famlies will be held up in my prayers.
- David Wagner(Bedford, TX)
It's always hard to lose someone, but to have something like this that praise the people who passed really helps families and I know that they'll all be in our prayers.
- Philip O'Hara (Stillwater, OK)
Sending thoughts and prayers out to all of the familes and friends of those lost. May God wrap his arms around each of you and the OSU campus during this very difficult time.
- Lori Carey (Miami, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our 4 cowboys lost in this tragedy. I am a senior at OSU and work in the Athletic Department and these 2 coaches were amazing people! They will forever be in our hearts!! Proud and Immortal Loyal and True! I love my Cowboy family and how we all come together to help those hurting in times like these.
- Emily Loewen (Stillwater, OK)
My heart is breaking for OSU. My thought and prayers are with families and friends affected by the tragedy. God Bless and Go POKes!
- Mollie (Amarillo, TX)
Thoughts and prayers are with the families and OSU family. Go POKes!
- Hannah Smart (Lawton, OK)
So sad to lose the incredible life forces on the OSU campus as well as two major advocates of OSU. Thoughts and prayers to the friends and families. I wish you all well and hope the healing process can begin soon. You may be gone, but your spirits will live on!
- Thomas Schneider (Tahlequah, OK)
As graduate of OSU I was sorry to hear about a loss in our family. We have to remember once a Cowboy always a Cowboy and we will never forget a fellow POKe. I hope all the messages and support have brought some comfort to the staff, students, and families of the victims. Go POKes.
- BroOKe Powell (Edmond, OK)
My heartfelt prayers to all of the Cowboy Nation in this time of tragedy, but especially to the families of Coach Budke and Coach Serna. May God hold you in his loving arms and grant you peace.
- Vicki Hughes (Katy, TX)
My deepest condolences to the families of those we lost, and to my OSU family as a whole.
- Amy Blackburn (OKlahoma City, OK)
They will be missed. Its a sad day for the OSU family.
- Rachel Meade (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Coach Budke and Coach Serna as well as my OSU family today during this truly difficult time. May God Bless all of us and Go POKes!
- Billy Smith (Canton, OK)
I attended OSU in the 80's and have never lost my connection. My heart is breaking for the families and the WBB team. Many prayers for those who knew the victims and for all Cowboys near and far who are suffering today.
- Jennifer Prock (Ladera Ranch, CA)
Although I cannot be there to show my support, I will be there in spirit. Coach Budke and Coach Serna were the epitome and what OSU is all about as were the Bransteters. Good people, coaches and a passion to be at OKlahoma State. Prayers go out to all the families and friends that are involved in coping with this unthinkable tragedy. You all will be remembered and missed and always will be cowboys and cowgirls! God Bless and may he his heart heal all of your wounds in time.
- Brock Campbell (OKlahoma City, OK)
My thoughts and prayers for the family and OSU family
- Becky Anderson (Haysville, KS)
As Kurt Budke's cousin, and an OKlahoma State graduate, I feel the loss of Kurt and Miranda on several levels. My thoughts and prayers are with both of their families, with school officials, and with the student-athletes who knew them well. Their lives and work at OSU will never be forgotten. They have our love and admiration forever.
- Richard Reese (Louisville, KY)
Cowboys Forever! We will be a stronger family for this loss.
- Bill Brewer (BrOKen Arrow, OK)
Coach Budke and Coach Serna were two of the greatest coaches in the Women's Basketball program. Both will truly be missed, but will never be forgotten!! Loyal and True
- Janel Lamar (Stillwater, OK)
Thoughts and prayers goes out to family, friends and OSU community.
- Naresh Karn (Kingfisher, OK)
As and OSU alum I want to send my prayers to the families of the loved ones that were lost. I love OSU and my heart is breaking for our family members who perished last week. God Bless the entire OSU family.
- Lisa BroOKs Owens (The Colony, TX)
Thoughts and prayers to the families. We will always remember!
- Matt Driscoll (Carrollton, TX)
My husband and I are both alums of this great University. Our prayers are with the families of all those lost, with our OSU family, and of course, with our women's basketball team. That orange blazer will live on forever in our memories!
- The Weyhrich Family (Boone, IA)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those who are a part of the OSU family.
- Chris Goldsworthy (OKlahoma City, OK)
Thoughts and prayers are with the families, team and OSU. We will remember.
- Tonda (Collinsville, OK)
Thoughts and Prayers to the families. Go POKes!
- Joshua (Albany, GA)
I attended OSU for 2 1/2 years. I attended the OSU women's game when OSU defeated OU in Stillwater. It was one if the greatest OSU memories I had at sporting event in Stillwater. When I heard the Plane crash happen it was so sad!! Gonna miss that bright Orange Blazer.
- Kevin (Minneapolis, MN)
Thoughts and prayers from an OKState Alum.
- Sarita (Lafayette, IN)
Thoughts and prayers with all three families who perished.
Coach Budke was a friend, and Coach Serna was a very good friend who I spOKe with fairly often.
I did not know the Branstetters, but friends of mine who did consider them the highest quality of people and OSU people!
It has been a rough few days, and many more to come. I know that the entire OSU family will rally and pull everyone through.
To Coach Littell and the rest of the staff and players, good luck....it will be difficult, but you can rally TOGETHER and show the true Cowboy (and Cowgirl) spirit!!!
God Bless everyone
- Scott Swyden (Edmond, OK)
Be strong Ostate family. It is better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all. These four will be honored, remembered and respected by the OSU family for eternity. May God bless the families and friends of this devasting trajedy.
- Brian (Tulsa, OK)
May God be with everyone touched by this tragedy, but most of all with the loved ones and families of those we have lost. Hoping and praying for healing and strength to get through this. All of us in the OSU family mourn with you, though we cannot know the true depth of your loss. I hope that you can take some comfort in knowing that we will always remember, and we will always honor their names.
- Valerie Sanders (Yukon, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire OSU family and the families of both coaches. I worked along side Kurt Budke when he was at TVCC and know of his warm heart and dedication to the game. Women athletes who had the honor of playing for Kurt are forever grateful for his leadership and guidance. RIP
- Michelle Brown (Lillianl AL)
Thoughts and prayers go to all the families. I was in the basketball band and attended a majority of the women's games. These two coaches came in and turned this program around and had a positive impact on everyone around them. They will be miss greatly. Proud and Immortal. We will never forget.
- James Pickrel (Richardson, TX)
May Coach Budke proudly wear his Bright Orange Blazer up in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, players, coaches, staff of Coach Budke and Coach Serna, and Olin and Paula Branstetter, as well as the entire OSU family. Proud and Immortal.... God Bless our Cowboy Nation.
- Kim Moore (Kansas City, MO)
You will always be remembered as a great part of the OSU family. My thoughts are prayers are with the family's and players of these great coaches.
- Adam Gleason (Stillwater, OK)
Words really fail at a time like this, but the heart of OKlahoma is praying for these two precious families of Coach Budke and his assistant, Miranda Serna. Our hearts break for the family of the Branstetter's as well. May the spirit of God overshadow the campus of OKlahoma State University....once again.
- Kaye Webb (BrOKen Arrow, OK)
My thoughts are with the families and friends of the four people lost in this tragedy.
- Scott Buck (Tulsa, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends for the four individuals lost to the OSU family.
- Rick and Julie Anderson (Olathe, KS)
The families of the lost and the players of the coach are in my thoughts. May you be able to grieve when needed and also be able to still enjoy the game and be able to do what your coaches have taught you. Two great coaches where lost but may their memory and legacy live on in the hearts of cowgirl basketball.
- Amber Davis (Stillwater, OK)
Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those lost.
- Eric & Amber Norton (Owasso, OK)
I am a huge O State fan. And I just want to say these 2 coaches will be truely missed. I am sending prayers to the girls basketball team and to all their friends and families esp the osu family . My deepest thoughts and sympathys are with you in this tragic time. Keep loOKin up to the sky . And Lets have an amazing season for these coaches thats what they would have wanted . Take care and God bless.
- Lauren K (Midwest City, OK)
It's hard to believe that OSU is now being faced with another tragedy like this. My soul weeps for my OSU family. "A Cowboy never touches the ground with his hat unless he's been bucked off his mount or unless he is deeply grieved." We Will Remember.
- Kelli Smith (Orlando, FL)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Kent and Lydia Taylor (Stillwater, OK)
Once a COWBOY always a COWBOY, thanks for sharing your lives with us, you made them richer! Now may you watch us from above and smile down upon us as we fight on for our beloved OSU!
- Deborah Storts- 1979 (Owasso, OK)
I spent one great year covering OKlahoma State and the Cowgirls' basketball team for the local newspaper. In nine months I learned what everybody had known for years, that Kurt and Miranda were great coaches and even better people. It was an honor to be around Kurt and his kids. God bless his family and the OKlhoma State family
- Scott Nulph (Laramie, WY)
So saddened by this terrible loss. I hope all the families receive some peace in the days ahead and know they have an extended family who cares for them very much. God bless.
- Wayne Campbell (Dallas, TX)
To the immediate family, to the extended family, to the Cowboy Family...heartfelt prayers.
- Jennifer Elbon-Smith (Jenks, OK)
While I did not personally know any of the persons lost, they were (and are) Cowboy family, OKlahoma State family. Prayers for all feeling the loss. Proud to be Orange.
- Lee Talley (BrOKen Arrow, OK)
Press On Cowboy Nation! We are one big Family! We will pull through this again! We are Loyal and True to Our University O-S-U!
- Trent Gibson (Lubbuck, TX)
our thoughts and prayers are with his parents john and margi and their daughters as well as the osu family kurts passing is great loss to all of us including our family at sacred heart high school in salina god bless
- carl strecker (Salina, KS)
The families of those impacted by this loss are in the thoughts of my sister, Retha Hodges, and myself. May God be with you all.
- Neta Hodges (Glencoe, OK)
I never had the chance to meet any of you, but I have only heard of good things and you will be forever missed! RIP
- John Michael Murdock (Stillwater, OK)
Thinking of the Stillwater community and OSU. GOD BLESS the families!
- Kay Lynn Farnan (The Woodlands, TX)
My prayers go out to the families of the victims and to the players and coaches of the Cowgirls Basketball team who lost a great friend and coach. May God bless.
- Dovie C. McClellan (Dallas, TX)
Our deepest prayers and sympathy go out to the love ones of Coach Budke and Coach Serna. Also, our hearts go out to the womens basketball team. Please know we are here for all of you in this time of sadness.
- The Sellers Family (Lawton, OK)
Our Prayers are with the family, friends & OSU at this very difficult time. OSU is our alma mater and we hurt with you.
- Tom & Virginia Jackson (Antlers, OK)
As an OSU alum I am so saddened by this loss for the OSU family, and pray for the family and friends of the four
- Kathy Yates (Tulsa, OK)
As a former college wbb coach, I know the impact these coaches made on the student athletes, staff and community on a daily basis. There are no words, other than their efforts will not be forgotten and their lives will continue to touch those that they never met. God bless their families and OSU!
- Michael Peckham (Forrest City, AR)
My heart goes out to the families of Coach Budke and Coach Serna along with the Pilots of the Plane. As a 1986 OSU graduate, like many Alumni, I feel they along with the rest of the Coachs and Students are part of my extended family. Losing these four members of that family is difficult and like the ten that were killed ten years ago, will not be forgotten.
- Michael David (Newcastle, WY)
Friday is a day I will never forget. From the loss of the four who will be remembered through school history to a private tragedy. My prayers are out for the families of the coaches and players affected.
- Stephanie Tatom (Tulsa, OK)
Thoughts and prayers for the families, players and the OSU community.
- Jacque Lochmiller (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 4 lost ones. May God comfort them during this difficult time. We will always remember them. God Bless and Go POKes.
- Sarah Cross (Edmond, OK)
I'm a student here at OSU and even though I never met either of the coaches I feel I lost a friend. Times like these are when the world can see that OSU is not only a campus but, a family. My heart and prayers go out to all who are personally effected with this tragedy. Proud and Immortal.
- Mary Sellers (Lawton, OK)
Once I've got the OSU Alert about the 4 it just hit me almost into tears my thoughts and prayers go out to the familes and friends also the Cowgirl's Basketball Team my family and I are OSU Fans of the school and the teams so keep your heads up Stillwater you guys are in my prayers on this cold and sad day RIP 4
- Beth Wood (Blackwell, OK)
While I did not know these 4 individuals personally, a close family friend of mine recently fell victim to a similar tragedy involving a plane crash. All we can do is to cherish and remember the legacies they left behind. Prayers for their families.
- Andrew Wunder (Stillwater, OK)
Thoughts and prayers on behalf of the Red Raider Nation.
- Garnett Schafer (Lubbock, TX)
Forever Cowboys and Cowgirls.
- Gary Jones (Lake Charles, LA)
God Bless all the families involved. Cowboy Family will get thru this together.
- Cheri Nelsen (Fredonia, KS)
I am sorry to hear the tragic news of the loss of a wonderful coach, his assistant and the pilots. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families. May God comfort you in this time of great sorrow and loss.
- Cheryl Thurston (Kansas City, MO)
My years spent with Kurt and Miranda are now very precious as they themseles were. My heart is breaking at losing my younger brother and friend, Miranda. The Cardinal Cheerleader program is also saddened by this loss. We were all Champions together.
- Connie "CJ" Russell (Athens, TX)
Thoughts and my prayers go out to their families and friends. Long live blaze orange. God bless and go POKes.
- Mark Linden (Suffern, NY)
My thought and prayers are with families and friends affected by the tragedy. God Bless and Go POKes!
- Jackie Padgett (Stillwater, OK)
God Bless to your family. You are all in our prayers and forever in our hearts.
- Mike Doran and Family (Flower Mound, TX)
Praying for peace and healing for the families of these wonderful people. They are truly a legacy that we will do our best to uphold.
- Hannah (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the Women's Basketball team, coaches and staff , our OSU family and the families of the four victimes.
- Mendy Marshall (Austin, TX)
My thoughts are with you, your family. My father and I traveled with you to Duke a few years ago. Wonderful team, wonderful people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..
- Susan Lester (Stillwater, OK)
My heart is with all of those whose lives Kurt and Miranda touched. This campus will never be the same.
- Emily Nielsen (Stillwater, OK)
Our deepest sympathy to OSU and to the families of all of the victims. A great loss. Many thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.
- The Todd Bradley Family (Kismet, KS)
: I did not personally know any of the Cowboys lost to the crash in Arkansas, but my heart is with thier families and friends today and in the difficult days to come.
- Nikkie Dunnigan (Stillwater, OK)
I wish to express my feelings of remorse for the families involved in this terrible accident.
- Kyle Hellier (Stillwater, OK)
Praying for peace and comfort!
- Leah Blevins (Sapulpa, OK)
You will all be missed greatly but we will never forget the great people and things you have done! Once a cowboy or cowgirl always one! We will always remember.
- Clayton Painter (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family members, players, and the OSU community. Forever orange.....
- Rica Smith (Stephenville, TX)
Prayers go out to all the families. As well as OSU Women's Basketball Team and The OSU Family
- Danica Johnson (OKlahoma City, OK)
What a horrible and sad tragedy for the families and the university. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. May you find comfort in the Lord and with your family.
- Deborah K. Thompson (Garland, TX)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen Cowboys. I graduated from OSU and I know that we are all family and we all feel the loss. Thank you for all of the good times you have given to us!
- Bobby Dodd (Bentonville, AR)
May God comfort each and every family and their friends who has had the privledge to know these who led a life of always giving back. May we who are left follow their example and live each day with thanksgiving and praise. We never when our day will come, we can only pray that we will be ready. Our prayers with you all.
- Ursula Brittain (OKlahoma City, OK)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. I am sincerely sorry for their loss.
- Jenna Smith (Norman, OK)
Thoughts an Prayers goes out to all the families. It is so tragic I can't even find the words! I am so very sorry!!
- Gllenda Cameron (Norman, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the OSU Family today. I know that there are no words that can heal the hurting. #LoyalAndTrue
- Heather Ballou (Elgin, OK)
Your lives will forever be remembered! Thoughts & prayers to the entire OSU Family.
- Amber (Yukon, OK)
You are part of our family. We will never forget.
- Kyle Millemon (Dallas, TX)
Our thoughts and prayers are with those families affected by this tragedy. As a fellow OK State Alumni and OSU supporter our hearts grieve with you.
- Scott and Adri Flanary (Wichita, KS)
I have lost two close & dear friends in Coach Kurt Budke & Coach Miranda Serna. I have known Kurt & family for 23 years & Miranda for at least 8 years. My heart is brOKen & aches for their loss . They will always be in my thoughts & prayers & they will never be forgotten. God Bless all of the OSU family.
- Bonnie Baker (Kansaa City, KS)
The OSU Athletic Department offers a great opportunity to young people from across a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Their loss is a great one and the entire OSU family is in my prayers.
- Elkie (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers to the family. Fine individual, great coach, I was glad I got to know him the two years he was at Allen County Community College.
- Neal Barclay (Iola, KS)
I offer my prayers to the Families and to the OSU Girls Basketball Family for their loss. We are thinking of you each day has you regroup and press on.
- Kelly Beard (Lake Charles, LA)
The hearts and souls of OKlahoma State University - its players, families and the entire university are in the thoughts and prayers of people throughout the nation as you honor your Cowboys today. May you find strength and comfort in each other and strength as we lift you up.
- Nancy de Avila (Lake Orion, MI)
Prayers and wishes for all the lost loved ones families
- Bruce Bushnell (Independence, KS)
Thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and the OSU family. God Bless.
- Teresa (OKlahoma City, OK)
I had the pleasure of working with Kurt during his years at TVCC. He was one of the finest individuals I have ever known. When I visited with him during the Hall of Fame ceremony this year, he told me about his family and how his children and wife were doing, which impressed me with how much he loved them and how proud he was of them. Thanks Kurt, for the priviledge of knowing you.
- Ben McCartney (Athens, TX)
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Coaches Budke,Serna and the Branstetters. We will never forget!
- Nathan Duncan (Stillwater, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers extend to the families of these wonderful coaches and alumni. Also to the greater OSU community and family who were touched by this tragic accident.
- Randy & Jeanie Clough (BroOKlyn, CT)
I remember meeting Coach Budke for the first time when he interviewed for the coaching position here at OSU. He was checking into the Atherton Hotel, I a student working at the hotel was excited to meet him. He was the most friendly individual, and was so impressed with this university. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families of this horrible tragedy. I am proud to be from a University that stands so strong for one another.
- Amanda Cobourn (Tulsa, OK)
I was a letterman at OSU for the years of 2005-07, and the news that I received was very devastaing. My prayers goes out to the familes of both coaches and the two other victims. This is such a sad day for all of the OSU NATION. All that we can do now is remember the good times and live life.
- Jamaal Brown (Chicago, IL)
I am the 4-H South East District Vice-Presdient and on behalf of our distrcit I would like to give our regards and prayers to the familes. God Bless
- Steven Baringer (Sulphur, OK)
My prayers go out to all the families and to my OSU family. Another four Angels will be loOKing upon us.
- Rose Rodriguez (San Antonio, TX)
Prayers for the Budke, Serna, and Branstetter families.
- The Edwards Family (Bartlesville, OK)
Many thoughts and prayers to the families of the four lost in the tragedy.
- Kathryn Stafford (Stillwater, OK)
My Condolences to all the Families, Friends, and loved ones affected. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Orange is a special color, strong and loyal, and there is no other family like the OSU family. May God Bless all of you. As, a high school basketball coach, I appreciate all of you.
- Kelly New (Lawton, OK)
OSU and the surrounding community mourns this loss today. Many of us are no strangers to this kind of loss; all life is in God's hands. They did not suffer. OSU athletics has a moment and someone precious to remember as they compete. In their light, may OSU athletics have clarity and a rally point. Bedlam this year is for and memory of Kurt and Miranda. - staffer
- Terry Wright (Stillwater, OK)
I have watched many women's basketball games the past few years. Coach Budke and Coach Serna were class acts. For me, walking into Gallagher Iba next time will be hard. It will be weird not seeing the orange blazer on the bench.Prayers to all the families involved.
- Erin (Durant, OK)
RIP Coach Budke and Coach Serna. You were an amazing positive influence on young women and young girls! We are so priveledged to have been a part of your life.
- Dr. Kelly Chamberlin (Stillwater, OK)
Coach you were a good friend and I will always remember you! God bless you your family and all the young lives you helped!
- Rick Hoffman (Dallas, TX)
My thought and prayers for the family of the 4 victims.
- Tracy Adams (Oklahoma City, OK)
Our hearts feel the emptiness of losing these four wonderful people. To the families, just know you have the support and prayers of the OSU family.
- Steve Martin (Dallas, TX)
Just wanted to let the OSU family know that you guys are in my prayers. I had the opportunity to play against the cowgirls for 4 years and also had the opportunity to speak to Coach Budke off the court... He was a great man
- Danielle Gant (Oklahoma City, OK)
A Note from an OSU Softball Recruit: "I'm sorry to hear about Coach Budke and Coach Serna. Coach Serna found me in the stands at the football game and introduced herself to me. She seemed so kind and sincere. I was surprised she went out of her way to meet me, and I am honored to have met her. Coach Serna will always have a special place in my heart." Coach Serna thank you for loving EVERYONE around you Big! Your smile, energy, passion and love for your sport and for all those around you will be deeply missed!!
- Clarisa Crowell (Stillwater, OK)
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Cowboy Family. Espcially those affected personally by this tragedy. They will not be forgotten and forever in our hearts just as the "10" are. God Bless. Proud to be a Cowboy.
- Sara Wyatt (Pratt, KS)
It's hard on a family to lose loved ones and even more difficult to lose loved ones suddenly and tragically. My heart is especially breaking for all of the families and for the team. I know that this void left by their absence is not one that can be filled but I also believe that there is comfort in your memories and the knowledge that they lived the lives they loved and were loved whole-heartedly in return. The gift they gave us here at OSU - the gift of their presence, hard work and enthusiasm - will not be forgotten. Loyal and true.
- Susan Dukes (Perkins, OK)
So sorry to hear about the loss of your coaches. I do not know much about Coach Serna, but Kurt Budke was a heck of a BBall coach. I am a Sooner fan and watch many Women's basketball games. Wow, what he did for that program. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you today.
- Linda Lawson (Ft. Worth, TX)
Prayers with all the families and my heart goes out to everyone at this beautiful university. We are such a family that a horrific event like this brings us all together to grieve and lift each other up. I am so proud to call myself a Cowboy and I love this family. Always remember those lost and the legacy they left behind.
- Megan Gardea (Stillwater, OK)
Never Forget! Remembering the lives of the four people lost in this horrible tragedy. Continuing to pray for the families, women's basketball team, students, faculty, staff, and fellow fans. May God continue to be with everyone and bring peace to your hearts. Go Pokes!
- Chelsie & Derek Taylor (Perry, OK)
Thank you for all you did for the OSU family. We will miss you.
- Steven Brooks (Dodge City, KS)
My heart goes out to the families of the fallen. My thoughts and prayers are with my OSU family as we deal with yet another tragedy. May the coaches rest in peace.
- Susan Rock (Round Rock, TX)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the four lost in this tragic accident, as well as with the OSU family and players. Their presence will be missed greatly. OSU blood runs deep in my family, from my side and my husbands. May God bless each one of you....Go POKES!
- Jenkins Family (Drumright, OK)
We are so sadden by the loss of our fine coaches and OSU family members. Our prayers are with their families and those who have worked so closely to them. They will be in our hearts always.
- Nelson and LaDonna King (Edmond, OK)
Dear OSU Family - All in the Texas A&M community mourn for you. It is an unimaginable tragedy. We are all so sorry for your loss.
- Lenae Huebner (College Station, TX)
Our daughter is a Student-Athlete at OSU, far from home, and we understand how Coaches become their athletes family and have a huge impact on their lives. We were deeply saddened by the news of the tragic passing of Coach Budke and Coach Serna. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, teams and the entire OSU family of all four people lost in this tragedy. God bless and may the love you all have for each other help you through this difficult time.
- Deborah and Paul Hanna (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
i am so very sorry for the loss of these 4 people, such a sad time for all.
my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these 4 lovely people. also prayers and thoughts to the stillwater and osu community. i work for osu and am proud of that,and how we rise strong in the time of sorrow. forever OSU, we will remember the 4!!!!
- paige jones (Perkins, OK)
I have been born & raised a Cowboy, I watched 10 yrs ago as we mourned that loss! Today we mourn the loss of more Cowboy family! We pray for the families that lost loved ones! God bless Orange Power forever!
- Casey Todd (Norman, OK)
Thoughts and prayers are with the familes,the girls basketball team, and the OSU community!
- Lisa (Oklahoma City, OK)
My heart, as many thousands of others are broken. We all have the same question "why us and why again". Most of the students on campus were between 9-12 years old when this happened before and I am sure they remember the tragedy, but this time it is hitting them in a more personal way. As alumni we are all hurt in our hearts for the three families who lost loved ones, who should come first, then the girls team, then the athletic department and whole campus. BUT---the alumni go back further than any of the immediately close group and this just puts a hole in our hearts. Unfortunately there have been others--Ray Murphy at a wrestling match. I was there that evening and the long time taken to assess him and then move him, was a gut wrenching scene. When I heard the news this morning, ironically I was sitting in the exact same place I was sitting when the other airplane crash occurred. And again I just yelled out, "NO"---and then "Why? Not Again!" Please sign my name to the banner, as we have all lost another part of our family--coaches and very special alumni. Prayers are with everyone in Stillwater that is directly affected, as well as other family members that may live in other places. I love OSU, my heart is broken because it is my family.Blessings and prayers to all of you that will have to deal directly with the events that have happened.
- Pam Wadley Neville "73 (Oklahoma City, OK)
my prayers are with all the families
- kyle champion (Norman, OK)
Im sorry for your loss. Since i was little i've been wanting to go to osu and play college ball and i was devistated to hear about what happened but best of luck and have a good season. Keep your heads up.
- cathryn waylan (Sherwood, OK)
God bless the families of Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna. They will both be missed so very much. GO POKES! GO STATE! ORANGE POWER!
- Rex Cox (Midwest City, OK)
Thoughts and prayers going up for the Budke, Serna, & Branstetter families and friends as well as our entire OSU family.
- Larae Nevills (Bullard, TX)
I remember speaking with Miranda on a recruiting trip in Louisiana and she had such great energy and passion for basketball. I played against Kurt when I played at the Univ. of Missouri and I know he was a great person as well as coach. They will be missed deeply and my thoughts and prayers are with the love ones of Miranda and Kurt.RIP.Stay strong Oklahoma St.
- Tiffany Brooks (El Paso, TX)
So appreciate all the Big 12 coaches and staff who attended the Memorial Service today. Coach Coale and the members of the OU team as well as AD Joe Castiglione. Very classy.
- Jan Jewell (Stillwater, OK)
God does things for a reason we will never know why things happen like they do. My prayers go out to the families. GO POKES
- Randolph Smith Jr. (Pensacola, FL)
You will be deeply missed Coach Budke and Coach Serna. Prayers to the families of the 4 lost. They were all great Cowgirls and Cowboys.
- Jeff Hawkins (Bartlesville, OK)
Our hearts are with the Oklahoma State Family. God bless you and Go Pokes!
- Renee and Chris Vig (Madison, WI)
My parents are avid women's basketball fans, and we were talking about some of the players on Thursday as we headed to Iowa for the football game. We were so shocked and saddened to hear the news Friday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and the women's basketball team.
- Lesley Maloney (Washington DC)
Much like so many OSU couples including the Branstetters, my wife and I met at OSU and my daughter is a student now. It's our second home. Although I did not know him, I'll never forget coach Budkes' address to the crowd after Bedlam 2008 and the tears of joy he had in his speech thanking us, of all the hard work he and his staff put in, we felt he needed to thank us OSU fans! That's how I'll always recall him. All four touched so many lives and that's what we all should strive to do. They gave far more than they took. They were coaches, mentors, teachers, fathers, and mothers. Families, you should have great pride. It's a heart wrenching loss...
- Eric Pewthers (Tulsa, OK)
Our family sends our thoughts and prayers to the families of Coach Budke, Coach Serna and the Branstetters. Also, to the entire OSU family.
- Danny, Krystle and Sutton Richey (Muskogee, OK)
My thoughts and prayers with the families. My sons and I spent many years around Olin and Paula and their sons. They were wonderful people.
- Charla Branstetter (Stillwater, OK)
We love the Cowgirls and thought so much of Kurt. He inspired many, encouraged many, and we will miss him so much. We appreciate the time he was with OSU, even though it was too short. He will not be forgotten!
- Adeana and Lyle Sallee (Stillwater, OK)
I pray that God will allow this time of sorrow to pass quickly and leave us with only the treasured memories of those we lost.
- Alan Tree (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers goes to the families and friends and everyone affected by this horrible tragedy!
- Kaely Tickel Loftis (Virginia Beach, VA)
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Coach Kurt Budke, Coach Miranda Serna, and Olin & Paula Branstetter.
- Tiffany Henry
My prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of the four victims. Loyal and True. God Bless OSU.
- Justin R. Swearengin (Tulsa, OK)
I had not met Coaches Budke or Serna, but they were my friends. We shared the excitement of Cowgirl basketball together. In my two years at OSU, I have been stunned by the sense of family that there is in the OSU community. I thank my OSU family for helping all of us in this time of great loss.
- Frank Blum (Stillwater, OK)
I lost two great friends in the last crash and I can't imagine your loss. May your families find peace and your pain grow less, God has once again, chosen our best. Cowboys and Cowgirls forever!
- Elaine (Stillwater, OK)
God Bless all the family(s)
- Floyd Luinstra (Stillwater, OK)
I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news. OSU lost four very good people! I remember Coach Budke's first year at OSU. He spoke at our Statewide Extension Conference. He made an impression on me as he spoke of the challenge that lay before him; he did so in a a confident, humorous way that spoke volumes about his character. My prayers go out the families of the 4. God give them peace and comfort.
- Tom A Royer (Stillwater, OK)
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families, the friends, and the OSU family. What a tragic loss...
- Beth White (Lancaster, CA)
ive been a OSU fan since i can remember my wife is a OU fan we are known as the bedlum couple with family and friends. she and i send our thoughts and prayers to the familys, staff and students..
- Bobby J. Allgood (Oklahoma City, OK)
Thoughts and prayers go out to the OSU family and community. We will forever remember two great people that greatly impacted Women's baketball.
- Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis (Kansas)
Kurt and Serna were wonderful humans that loved OSU and Stillwater and OSU and Stillwater loved them.
- Ronald Welsh (Stillwater, OK)
Words are not powerful enough to really comfort you, but they are all we have. Your families are in my and my family's prayers, and we are thankful for having had the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your loved one's labors. We will remember them for a very long time, and we also will feel this saddness for a very long time.
- Billie Brannon (Okmulgee, OK)
Thoughts and prayers to the entire OSU family. We will remember the 14.
- Nadine Guernsey (Cherry Valley, NY)
Coach Budke was my first interview as a sports media student, class guy all the way. Greeted everyone he talked to with a smile. The lessons he taught my daughter during her two seasons at his camp will be with her throughout life. Coach Budke and Coach Serna had a real impact on her life, and for that, I will always be thankful.
Proud and Immortal.
- Seth Becker (Perkins, OK)
I feel lucky to have known Coach Budke and Coach Serna, and had a great respect for both of them. Both were inspirational, kind, and hard working. I will miss them very much. Thanks so much to all of the representatives of the other schools who came to the memorial service today. God bless all of you.
- Georgia Chappell (Perkins, OK)
I was out of town when I received the news. It was a sad day. I wore my colors that night for the football game and received several condolences from complete strangers.
- Barre Hendrix (Newcastle, OK)
No words are adequate. Wife, Sons and Daughter, stand tall! Your husband and father will always stand very tall.
- Ranger K (Stillwater, OK)
My heart breaks for your wonderful families.
- Lisa (Stillwater, OK)
My heart aches for the families that have lost their loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with them. The memorial service was beautiful! I didn't know the coaches but was so touched by the legacy he left in the hearts of the ones he loved. As an OSU student I feel proud that all four individuals are a part of the OSU family.
- Mary G. (Stillwater, OK)
As a long time Sooner fan, Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the OSU family. May you all be comforted by the incredible memories that coach Budke and Miranda gave. I don't know of a team that they didn't touch. Such an outpouring for special people, and a special school.
- James Marquardt (Napa, CA)
The world has lost two great people! I new both Kurt and Meranda at TVCC and my thoughts and prayers go out to the OSU family and to the families of those that where lost. I would like to send a special thought with Shelly and the kids that Kurt loved so deeply. May God Bless. Adam Lewis
- Adam Lewis (Eustace, TX)
I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. God be with you all in this time of need.
- Kelsey Shelton (Stillwater, OK)
I met Coach Budke's wife and daughter a few yeras ago when we flew from Miami to Freeport,Bahamas on the same plane. My thoughts anbd prayers are with the Budkemfamily and Oklahoma State University.
- Barbara Chiles (Aledo, IL)
Heartbreaking loss for OSU and the families and friends of the Coach Budke and Serna and the Branstetters. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends and the basketball team. They will be missed. We Will Remember. Go Pokes
- Riley Ebensberger (Stillwater, OK)
The grief from this tragedy stretches across oceans...Coach Budke and Coach Serna will be forever remembered by my family for the profound influence and support they provided my daughter as a member of the OSU Family. Two beautiful people lost but never forgotten.
- Bruce Cunningham (Melbourne, Australia)
I am a die hard OU fan, my husband is a die hard OSU fan. we are known to our friends as the greatest bedlum couple. however we are terribly sadden by the passing of the coaches. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of their family, friends, the staff, and students!!!
- Jamie Allgood (Oklahoma City, OK)
We have been supporters of OSU for many years. Our hearts break to lose two of the wonderful members of the OSU family.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to their families during this difficult time. They will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
- Perry & Marilyn Stout (Stillwater, OK)
I am saddened by this tragic event. I first thought about the players. I know the families are hurting too. You have my prayers. Keep the faith.
- Ruth Dauley (Lewisburg, KY)
Coach Budke and Coach Serna were two of the nicest people. I used to work part time at OSU in the evenings, and the first time our paths crossed, they both introduced themselves to me and asked my name. Everytime the saw me in the building after that first time, they called me by name. I didnt see them often, but they always remembered my name and took a moment to say hello. My heart goes out to the Budke and Serna families as well as the family of Olin & Paula Branstetter. I am very sorry for your loss and for the loss to the OSU family as well.
- Andrea Sage (Perry, OK)
I am an OSU graduate...and although I reside in another state...my heart will always be fond of Stillwater. The memorial service that was held today was beautiful. Thinking and praying for all the families in this tragedy.
- Sheila Forrester (Salina, KS)
God Bless each of these families. Go forward an honor their memory.
- Floyd Luinstra (Salina, KS)
Thoughts and prayers go out to the families,Women's Basketball team and the university of (Coach} Kurt Budke, (Assistant Coach)Miranda Serna,And Pilots Olin & Paula Branstetter. Such a tragic loss.. May god be with you all during this time and give you strength and comfort.
- Mintoy Tolbert (Lawrence, KS)
I graduated from OSU in 2007 and my senior year I worked for OSU athletics. When I worked the women's basketball games, I remember seeing both Coach Budke and Coach Serna on the sidelines and they were so passionate. They were and will remain an inspiration to me. They turned our women's basketball program into something special and I am honored to have been there to witness it. As for the Branstetters, I received an academic scholarship from them through the school of business and was able to sit with Paula at a dinner. They were very giving people and loved OSU. All will be missed and remembered forever! Prayers go out to the families of each.
- Carly Maderer (Houston, TX)
I am a women's basketball reporter at the University of Kansas. I respect what Kurt and Miranda were contributed to not only the sport and their program, but to the face of women's basketball. I wish the best to the families and friends of these four individuals.
- Kathleen Gier (Lawrence, KS)
I am very blessed and fortunate that I had the opportunity to be around coach Budke and Serna. If it weren't for them, I would have never learned the true elements of basketball. I will never forget how energetic coach Serna was and how she made me laugh with her jokes. I also won't forget how Coach Budke embedded in my brain that can't is not a word. He inspired me to try my hardest and to never give up. I will cherish all the games I attended, the high fives I would give to the team, the pizza parties, the camps and the feeling I got when they would thank me for being a cowgirl supporter. I remember coach Budke telling me at camp that if I continued to work hard, someday I might be able to play for him. It breaks my heart to see such amazing people go but I am honored that I got the chance to be around them and witness the incredible things they have accomplished. I will never forget them.
- Jessica Porter (Stillwater, OK)
I was living in Nashville in 2001 when the fist plane crash occurred, so I didn't get the full impact of how it felt to experience such a heart breaking loss, but since moving back here last year,and visiting my Alma Mater numerous times, I can say it feels like I have lost family members. I watched the memorial service today, and it was very moving, and very heart felt. I will plan on attending some Cowgirl games this year, "Loyal and True"!
- Jerry Steele '81 Alumni (Edmond, OK)
Please know that all of you--the family of
the four people lost in this tragedy and
all of the OSU family left behind---are being remembered in thought and
bless all of you.
- Carol Hackerott (Hays, KS)
Thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our lost ones.
-Cheryl Cannon (Broken Arrow, OK)
My heart goes out to the family of friends of those lost in the accident. I
that God will be with everyone in this time of tragedy.
-Christina Adams (Guthrie, OK)
Sending you all strength to get through this terrible tragedy. Prayers to
of those involved.
- K. Loomis (Topeka, KS)
Section 203, Row 9, Seats 17 & 18. We will miss you but will continue to
cowgirls with our season tickets (as long as we are physically able). Your
contributions as coaches and your goodness as human beings will be
remembered. We will
remember your families, staff, and team in our prayers.
- Beulah and John Hirschlein (Stillwater, OK)
You are in a better place now...we will keep your family in our prayers.
- Chris & Amber Mahler (Guthrie, OK)
Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
- Brenda Phillips (Stillwater, OK)
My heartfelt prayers to all in Cowboy Nation during this time of tragedy,
especially to the families of Coach Budke and Coach Serna. May God hold you
loving arms and grant you peace.
- Deb Scheer (Cheney, KS)
I was a student in 2011 and worked for the football department and new some
lost personally and the rest by association since the athletic department
was one big
family and the loss then was tragic. Hearing what happened friday was almost
surreal to process that it could have happened again to the University. I
nothing but wonderful things about all four who perished in that tragic
flight. I can
only say that my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of those lost. I
out my strength to the women's basketball team and the rest of the athletic
department, and the University. We are Oklahoma State, we have risen above
coming together and showing our true Cowboy spirit. God Bless you all in
this time of
mourning, healing, and understanding that life is short and precious and
truly a gift.
Proud and immortal bright shines your name...
- Carrie Mayes (Ardmore, OK)
The Memorial was really moving; I was so proud of OSU today and proud to be
I am sure our 4 friends were looking down on us and felt the same!! God
- Olivia Heim (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this tragedy.
- James Carpenter (Mansfield, TX)
I'm proud to be at OSU and be apart of its family. That family atmosphere is
encouraged me to come here. Although I didn't know any of the four
hurts to know they're no longer part of that family. However, they may not
physically, they're are still here in spirit. So, just as we remember the
honor the four as well and they'll live on as our OSU family in our hearts.
passing was a tragedy, but it's safe to say they are in a much better place
- Jacob Redway (Chattanooga, OK)
So proud of OSU today and being a cowgirl!! I am sure our 4 friends were
and felt the same!! God Bless!!
- Olivia H. (Stillwater, OK)
Keeping those lost an the families in my thoughts. We will never forget.
- Shalaina Jackson (Oklahoma City, OK)
OSU Alum. Great sadness has overcome the Cowboy Nation again. We do not know
not know the reasons for the loss of great people. God has a reason for
and we just pray that their is some ultimate good in such a tragety.
prayers to all the families. God bless you and all of the Cowboy Nation.
- Richard F. Ford (Hurst, TX)
It was a wonderful service for four incredible people. We will always
never forget. I am honored and proud to be a member of the OSU family. My
prayers are with the Budke, Serna, and Branstetter families, as well as the
basketball team. Together we stand united, forever loyal and true.
- Kira Tyson (Ridgecrest, CA)
As a former basketball player, I know what coaches the likes of Budke and
to their players and colleagues. My heart and prayers go out to each and
every one of
their players past and present as well as all the members of the athletic
- Trish Macvaugh (Stillwater, OK)
We will always remember and honor not only the lives lost in that horrible
crash, but the lives touched by it as well.
- Jason Simon (Newcastle, OK)
As members of the University of Rochester family, my daughter and I extend
sincere condolences to everyone affected by the tragedy at OSU.
- Mike Allen (Dansville, NY)
As a student at Oklahoma State and an avid sports fan I find the loss of two
valued caoches and two alums hard to believe. My heart goes out to all the
friends and fans who have lost some of Oklahoma States greatest people. The
this morning was beautiful and I know that all four of them were watching us
smiling! Their memory will never be forgotten Go Pokes!
- Chelsea Walker (Tulsa, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends. I was a student
when coach Budke and coach Serna joined the team and saw first-hand the
change they brought to the program. They will be sorely missed. I for one
forget that orange jacket...
- Sheila Sonzzini Ferreira (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
My thoughts & prayers are with families and with our OSU family in the
- Jennifer Freed (Shawnee, OK)
OSU Alumni, attended OSU when the 10 were lost in 2001, class with 2 of the
students. Prayers for comfort for the family/friends of the 4 lost 11-17-11.
- Tricia Wilkinson (Austin, TX)
Our family has a long history with OSU. I have yet to find another college
so many close family members a/k/a students, teachers/ janitors/kitchen
matter where you go on campus or off, Stillwater and everyone there is an
member. When one family member hurts, we all do. Goodbye to four of our best
brightest, you will all be missed. Our prayers and condolences to the
- Marla Blankenship (Mannford, OK)
As a student at Oklahoma State University and an avid sports fan, Friday
news was both shocking and hard to believe. We lost four amazing people all
were vital parts of Cowgirl Basketball team. My heart goes out to all the
those four, you will be in my prayers. And to all the family friends and
attended the beautiful memorial service this morning I know that those four
looking down on us and smiling.
- Chelsea (Stillwater, OK)
God Bless all of the Oklahoma State University families. May we always bleed
and be proud of that!
- Daryl Flaming (Austin, TX)
My thoughts and prayers are with my fellow cowboy family. SO proud to be a
part of the
greatest university in the nation. loyal and true through good timeS and the
O-S-U. May you rest in peace. <3 KB&MS <3
- Ashley Sumner (Sapulpa, OK)
Thoughts and prayer to the families of this horrific tragedy. Coach Budke
Serna we thank you for all you have done for WBB. We will always love you
and you will
remain in our hearts. FOREVER ORANGE!
- Cathy & Robert Lopez and Family (Stillwater, OK)
I've never been to Stillwater or even Oklahoma but Im a Cowboys fan. I know
of you will be truly missed. May God bless you all and may the families
eternity. God bless. Go Pokes!
- Manu (Columbia, MD)
It is with heartfelt sorrow that I write this. The lose of a great coach and
assistant is devastating. Was glad to know Coach Budke and family when he
Iola. He was a great coach,husband and father. Sorry for the loss. God only
the best !!! My prayers and thoughts go out to all of you at OSU!!
- Sue Scantlin (Iola, KS)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Budke and Serna families,friends,and
one including the cowgirls ball team.never met them but have heard from
people who have say they great people with lots of heart.and also from
cowgirl/cowboy sports programs,I know they are great coaches who will
missed. GO POKES!!
- Jeff London (Vinita, OK)
I extend my condolences to the families as well as to my fellow OSU family.
continue to hold everyone in my prayers.
- Virginia Cannon (Owasso, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers are with your families and our OSU family!!
- Jay & Gabe Cheves (Stillwater, OK)
As an OSU alum I was so saddened to hear of the loss to the OSU community.
and prayers are with all the families.
- Sarah Alexander (Okmulgee, OK)
Hi, my name is Jay and I am 13 years old, I have been a fan of OSU, ever
since I can
remember. Both coaches had made an impact on the school snd the community.
will they be in our hearts. OSU is an amazing program. We stand united
- Jay Gordon (Liberty, MO)
Our prayers and condolences to the families and to OSU. We lived through the
10 years ago and we will live through this one but neither will ever be
- David and Carolyn Parker (Wetumka, OK)
True Cowboys ride on forever in our hearts. We will always remember. Loyal
- Jessica Dukes (Jacksonville, FL)
Thoughts and prayers for the whole OSU family!!
- Anonymous (Coffeyville, KS)
I'm a KU grad and fan. My heart goes out to the OSU team, staff and
well as both coaches families. You all are in my prayers.
- Deb Artman (Kansas City, MO)
Thoughts and prayers for the whole OSU family!!
- Jim Wright (Coffeyville, KS)
All of our prayers go out to the families of the lives lost.
- Trask & Carolina Egan (Woodward, OK)
These two coaches provided me with some of the best memories while I was a
OSU (2000-2008). As a member of the spirit band, I had the opportunity to
them to post season tournaments as well as play at all of their home games.
Budke was such a great supporter of the spirit band. I'll never forget the
he wore that orange jacket and the sell out crowd for Bedlam. I'll always
Coach Serna's smile and enthusiasm on the sideline. I was a sophomore for
crash, and that was a life changing moment for me. This, too, will have an
my life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and my Cowboy
and Immortal. Loyal and true.
- Randy Kitchens (Athens, OH)
Just as we Remember the Ten, Oklahoma State will also remember these four.
- David (Owasso, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the lost and to the
community. God bless and Go Pokes.
- N. Keeter (Walters, OK)
My deepest condolences to the families of those we lost, and to my OSU
family as a
- Brandi (Bristow, OK)
I had the honor of sharing many moments and conversations with Miranda when
were part of the Houston women's basketball program in the late 1990s. Her
competitive fire and toughness on the court belied her tenderness and
off of it. My heart aches with her loss. My thoughts and prayers are with
family, Coach Budke's family and the entire OSU community.
- Scott Vallery (The Woodlands, TX)
I was lucky enough to have been coached by Coach Serna and Coach Budke. "One
One team. One family."...Praying. OSU
- Shelby Wayman (Stillwater, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers to those who lost love ones.
- Kris Hicks (Lawrence, KS)
I am on the University of Texas Arlington Woman's Basketball team, As I
speak for my
team we send our condolences to the OSU program for your lose. Our thoughts
prayers go out to the families and friends and most importantly the players
of the OSU
woman's team. May you guy keep your heads up and continue to push through
- Sabreena DeNure (Arlington, TX)
I love OSU Athletics. It made me cry when I saw the news online. Although I
attend OSU, I am a huge fan and have been for years. My thoughts and prayers
the immediate families affected and the OSU family. It is a great loss. We
forget. Peace and love to all. Orange Power.
- Lynn Conaway (Blanchard, OK)
No words, but many prayers.
- Sunny Carrol Tiger (Tiger Mt. OK)
We will always remember both of you! You were so great to work with and I'm
have gotten that chance. RIP KB & MS
- Kayla Moore (Stillwater, OK)
To the Branstetter boys:
Your parents were two of our most special friends. I knew Olin as a
brother from our OSU college days.
It was my privilege to fly with Olin on several occasions including a very
fishing trip into Canada. Certainly he was truly an experienced and
pilot. With me in the cab, he always checked the outside moving parts of the
He, also, was a devout Christian and strongly believed in the powers of the
As we taxied to the end of the runway, he would always stop and say a prayer
Olin and Dusty now belong to the ages and are in the loving arms of their
void of sorrow will always be left in the hearts of all who were privileged
- Elmore and Charlene Bathurst (Blackwell, OK)
The bell still chimes, though no one hears. The fountain still flows, though
tears. America's brightest orange will shine once again - lighting the way
four, as it did for the ten.
Prayers and thoughts go out to the families who lost their loved ones. They
be forgotten. Go Cowboys
- Clint (Stillwater, OK)
Four lives taken too soon, but your memory and impact live on in all the
were touched by four incredible people.
- Jody White (Enid, OK)
May God Bless the families and friends of those lost. I pray you receive the
to carry on, peace be with all involved.
- Gregg (Tuttle, OK)
We will remember the four of you for years to come. I can't express how much
being a part of such an amazing family at OSU, and the unity and support
that we all
have for each other in this time of tragedy is something I will cherish and
forget. Coach those girls from up above. God bless.
- Kayla Ragan (Wichita, KS)
I'm so sorry about the loss of the women's basketball head coach and the
coach. This will be so hard the university . God bless you all. We will be
you guys :(
- Derek Torstenson (Springfield, VA)
My heart was never as heavy as it was Friday, for the first time that I can
the game was the furthest thing from my mind. The family, players and entire
family is our thoughts and prayers. My heroes have always been Cowboys and
never forget you!!
- Marc (Greenwood, AR)
I was honored to have known Olin and Dusty and I wish I had known Coach
Coach Serna better. A void of sorrow will always be left in the hearts of
all who were
privileged to have known them. OSU has lost 4 wonderful people and they will
- The Ishmael Family (Stillwater, OK)
My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the those we lost last
such a tragic accident. May the strength of God bring the grieving comfort
as only He
can. My prayers are with the families and friends.
- Christina Adams (Guthrie, OK)
My heart is absolutely broken that such a tragedy has once again struck OSU,
so full of goodness & love. I am a proud alumni of OSU & I am proud once
again of OSU
standing strong & together & showing the world how special we are & that in
of huge loss, tragedy & sadness we will stand together & grieve but also
- Keri Mallon (Uvalde, TX)
My thoughts and prayers are with the all the families. The loss will be felt
remembered but we know they have gone home, and we will see them again!
- Wade (Stillwater, OK)
My prayers go to this brave man and his assistant coach....
My thoughts are with the families and friends of the four people we lost...
- Ibrahim Al Shekaili (Rustaq, Oman)
Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. To the Families and OSU
please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts during this
difficult time. ORANGE POWER!!!
- Joel, Sharla, Abby and Will Schlotthauer (Wichita, KS)
God bless the four lost on Nov. 17, 2011. We will never forget and you will
a part of our hearts in the OSU family. My prayers and God's strength be
with all the
families, friends, and basketball family.
- Kacey Curley (Edmond, OK)
My family and I had the opportunity to meet Coach Budke and Coach Serna as
well as the
entire OSU Women's Basketball family just a few weeks ago on a recruiting
trip. We had
a great visit and felt as if we had known them for years rather than hours.
never met more kind and genuine people and our hearts are saddened with the
news. Our thoughts and prayers go to their families and the entire OSU
- Nitha White (Shelby, NE)
Thoughts and Prayers with Family and friends during this tragedy.
- Kristen Knight (Tahlequah, OK)
Coach Budke probably didn't know our names, but he knew we were two of the
trippers that followed the Cowgirls to away games. He would always give me a
thank my husband and I for supporting the Cowgirls. Coach Serna was always
upbeat. Every time I would see her she would give me a hug and ask how I was
was going on in my life. My prayers are with their families and our OSU
- Louise Soderstrom (Broken Arrow, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the 4, the players, coaches,
and fans. Stick together cowboys! God bless and go pokes.
- Julie (Bartlesville, OK)
Honor the four. They will be forever remembered in our hearts.
- Fred Mattox (Drumright, OK)
Your University family has my heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your Women's
Basketball coaches and the pilot and his wife. My sympathy goes out their
families, players, and friends. One always has to ask why these things
happen and the
answer is not easy to find, if ever. I work security in the Jacobson
at Iowa State and want your university family to know that your football
nothing but class both before and after the game Friday night and I talked
to one of
your quarterbacks before the game and you couldn't have asked for a finer
young man to
represent your university. The employees I supervise in the building
your team was the politest and nicest young men they had dealt with all
know that we have you in our hearts in Iowa and wish you the happy memories
basketball coaches brought to your university and the quality of coaching
with your young players. Let those happy memories lift you when you think of
down. May we always remember to honor those who work to improve our lives
their service to our young people. You are all in my thoughts.
- Don Lester (Boone, IA)
I was so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of the coaches at OSU. My son
and I are
big women's basketball fans ( Virginia Tech and Kansas ) and our thoughts
are with the coaches families and OSU family.
- Tom Shelton (Roanoke, VA)
I was saddened to hear about the tragedy. My prayers go out to the families
women's basketball team. I wish similar event will never happen to us in the
- Robert Yu (Stillwater, OK)
I was blessed enough to meet Coach Budke and the Branstetters several times.
along with Coach Serna, were truly amazing people. They made me proud to be
God bless their families, friends, and the Cowgirls. We'll miss them
- Aimee (Stillwater, OK)
So sad to hear the news, OSU has lost you, we will never forget you, in our
you will remain, to a better place you will be, god bless your families, for
all of us such a great human being.
Forever and ever you will always be, in our hearts for ever to keep.
- Rami Sharif (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family's involved. God Speed.
- Greg Deterding (Pond Creek, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the Budke, Serna, and Branstetter family,
as well as
the Cowgirl Basketball team. Continue to practice and play hard in
Coach Budke and Coach Serna! Go Pokes!
- Valarie Farrow (Tulsa, OK)
This is the type of news you can't even fathom. The words don't seem to mean
because you are convinced that it isn't true. I have never wanted to be home
Oklahoma family so much. Putting on orange every game day always makes me
connected and I will never take that for granted. We all know they will be
extra loud every time the girls take the floor, their seats are just a
- Rebecca (Philadelphia, PA)
My thoughts and well wishes are with the families and friends of the four
people who lost their lives in this tragic crash. My heart broke when I read
on Friday morning. OSU is an amazing university, with even more amazing
will pull through yet another tough time with dignity and honor. RIP.
- Melanie G. (Mesa, AZ)
I am a current student here at the university and praying for these families
OSU family this is so heartbreaking...
- Jessica Hutson (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and players who knew
Budke and Serna and Mr. and Mrs. Branstetter best. God bless.
- Monica Browne, OSU c/o 1996 & 2011 (Peachtree City, GA)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Coach Budke and Coach
Serna, the OSU
women's basketball team, the staff, and everyone else at the university who
affected by the loss of these two people. I pray that God will help all of
through this tough and tragic time. I pray that the team can find a way to
throughout their season and carry on the legacy of Coach Budke. Rest in
- Jessie R. (Lawrence, KS)
It was such a shock to receive the news last Friday! My prayers have been
with all the
families but especially the Budke's. I didn't know Kurt except to say Hi at
games, but I know what kind of person he seemed to be. He will definitely be
He leaves a huge hole in our Stillwater and OSU communities.
- Carey Owens (Stillwater, OK)
Kurt & Miranda -Good luck on the courts of heaven. Olin & Paula- We will
- Justin J. Jones (Stillwater, OK)
May God bless the families of the victim's of this horrible tragedy.
- Steven Romero (Chicago, IL)
My thoughts and prayers are with the whole OSU family, and especially the
all four victims. My heart has been touched by the lives of all four who've
their lives to a terrible tragedy.
- Deborah Ostroski (Lakewood, NY)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families,friends and OSU family.
- Marie Lay (Perry, OK)
Lost a great friend in the first crash... Can't believe it happened again...
prayers to all... Stay strong, and Cowboy on!
- Kelsey Morris (Sand Springs, OK)
I was so sad when I heard the news Friday morning. Even though I don't know
personally, watching them during every girls basketball game made me feel
like I did.
I am currently on an externship in Florida and am sad that I couldn't attend
memorial service. My heart goes out to all of their families. They will be
missed and will forever be remembered!!
- Alyssa Rayner (Stillwater, OK)
After playing under Coach Budke and Coach Serna for 2 wonderful years, I can
say they touched my life in a way no other coaches have. They were two
who helped me become the lady I am today. I will forever be grateful for my
spend along side then on the court. Thanks to both of them, I'm still
playing the game
I love, and will continue to play in honour of those two. The memories I
last me a lifetime and beyond.
All the way from Australia I am sending my prayers to you all, wishing I
could be back
with my Cowgirls sisters and family. Thinking of you all during this time.
- Tegan Cunningham (Melbourne, Australia)
It has been a terrible loss to our OSU family. Coach Budke and Serna will be
- Thomson (Stillwater, OK)
Ruhe in Frieden Coach Budke and Coach Serna!
- Robert Klosinski (Berßel, Germany)
So sorry to hear of this tragic accident. May God pull each of everyone
this closer to Him!! We will continue to pray for all the families impacted
loss. GO COWBOYS!!
- Joe & Miranda Hagans (Bella Vista, AR)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
- Brian J. Neely (Stillwater, OK)
Forever Champions in our Hearts...
- Lisa Coburn (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with all the families as they go through this
is a very special place for me and my family, as we all attended and we
share in the
loss but we will all be stronger as we come together to share and remember.
- Anna Henderson (Oklahoma City, OK)
I was attending OSU during the 10 and working on campus for the 4. My
prayers to go out all of the families and friends to those that lost one
then and have
lost one now. OSU is a caring and compassionate community and we will
- Jeana Waller (Stillwater, OK)
I went to OSU and my thoughts my prayers go out to the families, and to OSU
basketball team. We will miss Coach Budke and Coach Serna RIP.
- Lance Talbott (Tulsa, OK)
We send out deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with the families, the team,
- Harry and Becky Gibson (Lawrence, KS)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those who this
God be with us all.
- Anna Cochran (Lawton, OK)
My heart was broken when I read about the loss of Coach Budke & Coach Serna.
I was a
graduate assistant at Fresno State while Miranda was there. What a wonderful
was. She was always full of life. So passionate & driven. She was loyal &
for her family, friends, team, & coaching staff. She was a true jewel in the
world! She will be greatly missed along with the 3 others. May God's peace,
comfort surround all that have suffered the loss of these. 4 amazing
- Dana Lohrer (Sutton) (Velma, OK)
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families for your lost loved
can find the right words of comfort to ease your pain, but with the support
family,friends and prayers may you find solace. The OSU family have lost
once again, there are 4 more stars in the sky-watching over. Our prayers and
to all the families.....
- Marsha Chapman and Children (Stillwater, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the four victims that were
this tragedy. We will never forget the impact they made on the university
- Dallas Karcher (Stillwater, OK)
We were sorry to hear about your loss. We know how horrible you must feel
is nothing anyone can do to ease your pain. The OSU memorial was nice but
difficult for you to attend. We are thinking of you during these difficult
- Karen Ward (Stillwater, OK)
I watched the memorial service on my computer. I am an OSU Alum and was so
hear of this loss of more of our OSU family. My prayers are with the
the OSU Cowgirls! Play hard. Play Strong. Play for the 4. I will be rooting
on and plan to try and make a few games now that I'm back in Oklahoma! Much
our alma mater, OSU..."
- Cheryl Newberry (Ada, OK)
I am a 1996 graduate and now work for OSU. My husband and I go to the
often. I have always noticed what a great relationship Coach Budke had with
girls, way beyond coaching. You knew he really cared. He and Mirranda will
be missed. Thoughts and prayers go to all of those who knew them and the
- Andrea (Stillwater, OK)
Prayers go out to the families of those lost. "God only recruits the best"
as it was
said in the memorial service yesterday. May God bring peace to all those who
- Sarah Wilson (Stillwater, OK)
Young lives cut short are tragic, but all lives lived well are victories.
are especially celebrated for their kindnesses and contributions to the
- Betty Handlin (Cushing, OK)
I have been employed at O.S.U. for many many years. My heart was broken when
the news of this terrible tragedy. I will keep all the family and friends in
thoughts and prayers not only now but later on down the line when they will
- Debra Hoy, OSU LASSO Center (Stillwater, OK)
I can't even describe what it feels like as an OSU alum and OSU employee to
tragedies like this to our OSU family (again). I hope that everyone goes
forward as a
family and that we make these great people proud of us. WE NEVER FORGET THE
THAT TOUCH OUR LIVES!
- Christi Schultz (Stillwater, OK)
As an O-State Alumni and current O-State staff, you can feel the sadness of
and Stillwater community. We will be strong again and to do that we have to
together, which this community does very well in tragic times. My thoughts
are with the effected families, as well as the OSU family.
- Anna (Stillwater, OK)
My thought are with the families of the lost four.
- Holly (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Coach Budke, Assistant
and the Branstetters.
- Rosslyn Orcutt (Morrison, OK)
My heartfelt prayers go out to the families and extended OSU family of
and Serna and the Branstetters.
- Joy Wieland (Oklahoma City, OK)
Thoughts and Prayers go out to the families, and to the OSU community.
- Leon Jones (Stillwater, OK)
Coach Budke and Serna, you will be greatly missed. Proud and immortal,
your name. We will carry you with us always.
- Ellen Sprehe (Chicago, IL)
Just had the pleasure of having one of your faculty members, along with one
of my LSU
colleagues, on a conference panel. That, and our common coach connection,
football, LOVE of women's basketball...all make us feel a strong bond to OK
hearts break for you, the families, your teams, and your university
that you are held close in our thoughts and prayers.
- Pam Monroe (Baton Rouge, LA)
We are Cowboys forever!
- Matthew "Cowboy" Crowell (Stillwater, OK)
I am an alum of and work at OSU. My thoughts and prayers are with the
athletic department and close friends of all 4. We will remember what you
did for OSU
and the Stillwater community.
- Amanda Erichsen (Stillwater, OK)
May God comfort the families of those lost in this time of tragedy. The OSU
will never forget. God bless!
- Mandi Pike (Perkins, OK)
Rest in peace. Your legacy will live on in the many many lives you have
- Regan Miller Crow (Rock Port, MO)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these great
You will forever be missed.
- Misty Wood (Mounds, OK)
My prayers go out to the families of the coaching staff, and the team as
well. Rest in
- Asia Boyd (Detroit, MI)
Deepest sympathies from a WBB fan who graduated from Kennesaw State
Lady Owls!) in Kennesaw, GA.
The families of the Coaches are in our Prayers and thoughts, as is the team,
and OSU community.
May God grant you peace in this dark hour.
- David Brantley (Montgomery, AL)
Thoughts and prayers to the famiies, players and to OSU. Peace be with you
- Sergio Lyon (Okmulgee, OK)
"Proud and immortal, though broken and torn Four taken, the rest of a Nation
The chill of November never brought such cold Though not unfamiliar, like a
Too fresh, the wounds of a snowy Colorado night Too surreal, the though of
The bell still chimes, though now no one hears The fountain still flows,
With broken hearts and shaken to the core We will Ride on, in due
rememberance of the
America's brightest orange will shine once again Lighting the way for the
four, as it
did for the ten
Proud and immortal, arm in arm with me and you And ever you'll find them,
- Miranda Moorman (Leedey, OK)
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
- Cheryl Malone (Stillwater, OK)
My thoughts and prayers go out to your families. You are and forever will be
hearts as our OSU family. PROUD and IMMORTAL, bright shines your name,
we herald your fame. Ever you'll find us, LOYAL and TRUE, to our Alma Mater,
- Laura Gainer (Carrollton, TX)
Keeping the families of these two amazing people in my thoughts and
you all the strength in the world.
- Ann Turner (Lawrence, KS)
So sad about the loss, but so thankful for their lives.
- Lucy Newlin (Stillwater, OK)
As a Sooner fan, I believe this transcends any brand of fandom. Human loss
bigger than any athletic endeavor. At the end of the day, we are all Okies
mourn the loss of four respresentatives of my beloved state. God Bless the
- David Spears (Ponca City, OK)
Thoughts and prayers to the famiies of both coaches, the players, and the
nation. This is a reminder that we must live life to the fullest.
- Justin Mackey (Lawrence, KS)
I am praying for the family and friends of all four of these people. I hope
your happy tears from the memory of them will outweigh the sad tears that
overwhelming right now.
- Andrea Whitecotton (Stillwater, OK)
I met Coach Budke when I coached at Cooper High School. Our players went to
summer camp and we also played in the high school tournament they hosted one
was such a nice man...made me feel like I had known him forever. Thoughts
for his family and Coach Serna's family. Go Cowgirls...Phil. 1:6! God Bless.
- Coach Heather Lane (Leonard, TX)
My hearts go out to the families and all the OSU athletic family. We were so
have these special people at OSU. Their inspiration will live on in all of
lives were touched by their love and encouragement.
- Lisa Sperry (Guthrie, OK)
The thoughts and prayers of our family are extended to my OSU Family during
of sorrow. These are the times that test the strength and ties of family and
shown that we will rise above and grow stronger as we support those who have
their loved ones and mourn our fallen. God Bless, God Speed. Chin up COWBOY
NATION...we will overcome!!!
- Michelle Easterwood (Cushing, OK)
Praying that God give peace and comfort to all those hurting!
- Mike & Suzanne (Broken Arrow, OK)
Coach did things the correct way after taking over a struggling program. He
the OSU brand and kept climbing in the toughest league for women's
family as well as OSU can be rightfully proud of him as a coach and citizen.
- Dick Fischer (Stillwater, OK)
We are terribly sorry for this loss. I am sure their souls are at peace
looking at us
and waiting for us to join them one day.
- Ehsan Moallem (Stillwater, OK)
Our prayers and love go out to the families and team members of these two
people. God has blessed all who met them and will see each of us through
- Elizabeth Cronn (Owasso, OK)
Proud to be an OSU alum and current student. My thoughts and prayers go out
families, team, athletic department and university. We live orange...may
they rest in
- Barb Russo (Jacksonville, NC)
Mark is a 1986 OSU graduate. Both of our thoughts and prayers go out to the
of Coach Budke, Coach Serna and the Brandstetters. What a terrible, tragic
I know being an OSU grad and a part of the OSU family that the strength of
will help to bring healing to the families, the Cowgirl basketball family,
university and the community.
- Marka and Deanna Kanady (Flower Mound, TX)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all of those involved in
- Roger and Jane Waters (Bartlesville, OK)
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire OSU family. This has been an
but I know we can rise above it. Yet again, we are faced with losing an
of people who were very important to the University and will be greatly
Bless and Go Pokes!
- Katie Blevins (Hobart, OK)
I am new to the OSU family, but I still feel this was a great loss to OSU,
and society. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, colleagues,
players, and all
- Kimberly Davis (Stillwater, OK)
UConn shares in your horrible loss. We feel your pain.
- Bill Deroy (Wallingford, Connecticut)
I was so shocked to hear this news about Coach Budke and Coach Serna. My
prayers go out to the families of Coach Budke, Coach Serna, and to Olin and
Branstetter this Thanksgiving.
- David Johnson (Tulsa, OK)
The families and friends of the four people died in the crash and the
basketball team. Simply the best.
- Ben Campbell (Tulsa, OK)
Sending my deepest sympathy.
- Doug Klinger (Grove, OK)
I have worked security for many years during football games at the door
out recruits from GIA into the stadium. Every game Kurt and Miranda made it
a point to
say Hi and ask how I was doing. It's an honor to know such wonderful people.
prayers for the families are ongoing.
- Richard Hawkins (Stillwater, OK)
I know that there is a void that will never be filled. My thoughts and
with the families of the the four victims.
- Daniel Mecca (Portland, OR)
Each person's death diminishes us all. It is particularly significant when
us with apparent unfinished work with family and the community of believers.
Grace of God be with the Budke family and community.
- Earl D. Mitchell, Jr. (Stillwater, OK)
We were so saddened to hear of Kurt and Miranda's demise...What a loss to
their families.. My prayers are with the families and their grief.
God Bless the little children. These two will be so misssed.
- Gay Lynn Bullock (Stillwater, OK)
Praying for all family members, the team and all Alumni members and all
brothers and sisters. I was very sad to hear yet again tragedy strikes our
family. May we all send love and prayers. Long Live our spirits and Orange
Pokes 4 Ever!
- Marinell R. Scoot-Hall (Tulsa, OK)
May God bless and comfort through this great loss
- Allan and Dianne Gant (Frederick, OK)
Our family extends deepest sympathies we are praying for the families
and the entire OSU family
- Ronald, Kay and David Grisel (Okarche, OK)
I'm a graduate of the class of '78. I am so sorry for the loss for other
faithful families. I pray God comfort all who are so affected by these
- Dan Killebrew (Grapevine, TX)
Such a great loss for the Oklahoma State Family, thoughts and prayers to the
and players. The Branstetters, Coach Budke and Coach Serna will be missed
but they all
left their mark on OSU and it's a better place because of them.
- Dean Clore (Maryland Heights, MO)
- Dylan Warnke (Mannford, OK)
I was at OSU when the 2001 tragedy took place. From what I've read about
and Serna, they were both class acts and great coaches... but more
people. May God bless the families in their mourning and OSU in another
loss. Pokes always unite and this is another way that we can show the
country why we
- Adam and Jasmine Avants (Houston, TX)
Our deepest prayers and sympathy to the families of these 4 great Cowboys.
truly miss them & the positive impact all 4 have made on so many young
people over so
many years. Coaches Budke & Serna had made Cowboys basketball exciting while
developing well rounded young ladies. Senator Branstetter & his wife have
made such a
big impact in civic, youth, aviation, energy & spiritual matters. Prayers
families, friends & the Cowboy Nation.
- Rodd & Dona Moesel
Unbelievable. Hard to understand why and again. I'd like to think Coach
Budke & Coach
Serna with Olin & Paula are with OSU's Heavenly family now. Cowgirls just
love you; are praying for you; and are so proud of you. Go Win the Budke
and give the Serna way. May God bless you and comfort you.
- Jean Smith, OSU '85 (Dallas, TX)
I am a former OSU student 1996-97 school year.
I am making prayers for OSU head coach Kurt Budke's and Miranda Serna's
I kew Coach Budke since 1993 which he made undefeated team at TVCC.
I knew Miranda Serna since 1995 and she had counted me as the best friend
for me. I
have no idea why the journalists didn't describe about her because I always
she was a good point/shooting guard and a good three point shooter!
She made several three point when we needed in the key point of the game
while we were
in the national tournament at Tyler,TX 1995-96 season at TVCC. She was the
in the team at that time, but I remember the most was she made starting five
I am so glad I had taken a picture of her and me together when we made 1996
Why do I know these things?
Because I was a photographer of his/her team and I surely filmed national
It was little unbelievable for me that they were coaching the college where
I am proud of them and surely thankful to God to become a friend of
- Yasuhiro Tanaka (Soja-City Okayama, Japan)
Watching the memorial service in Gallagher-Iba Arena brought back sad
memories. I was
a freshman when Dr. Blizzard was killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia and his
service was held in ths same place. Olin Branstetter was two years ahead of
me and an
outstanding AG student and ROTC Cadet. He was a person that had success
over everything he did. My sincere condolences to all the Budke, Serna and
- Don Bliss, Animal Science 1954 (Palmyra, PA)
We are forever blessed and a better OSU because of Coach Budke, Coach Serna,
- Susan (Stillwater, OK)
Our prayers are with the families of the OSU Women's Basketball Program and
staff at OSU. Coach Littell you are a great person, with coaching talent to
program going....stay strong, you will do a great job. Our prayers are with
you, with broken hearts of our own. Stay strong!!
- Alan and Sherry Rupp (Oakley, KS)
We are an OSU family, and are broken hearted with this tragedy. We thought
the one ten
years ago would never be repeated. Our hearts go out to all the families,
and to all
the girls on the team, and their families. This affects all of Stillwater,
Oklahoma, and all who ever had any connection with the coaches, or OSO. They
in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
- Shirley Hedrick (Tulsa, OK)
My condolences go out to OSU for the loss of special 4 people. I knew
personally and got the privilege of assisting in coaching her in her middle
early high school years when she played for the Mora Rangerettes. She has
and amazing person and I feel blessed to have known her. We too are torn
apart here in
this small community by this tragedy. She was our star. I will miss her
as we still kept in touch and she never failed to send me a program every
with a card or note. Coach Budke seemed like a very nice and genuine man. My
go out to the families, friends and the OSU cowgirl team who must endure
May the 4 who perished Rest in Peace and may God comfort those of us with
hearts. God Bless.
- Jeanie Abeyta (Mora, NM)
My prayers goes out to the FOUR that lost their life. I'm just an OSU fan
the school & I feel like I've lost family members on Friday morning when I
news. My father called me at work and he never does when I'm working & I
something was wrong. I heard a 65yr old shock & sadness in his voices. We
family when we love this "Great School called OSU"!
- "TR" Bondoni (Edmond, OK)
Devastating- OSU has lost four great people associated with the University.
memories will live on for years to come.
- Gene Solomon (East Meadow, NY)
For the families, I pray you find the Peace that will see you through this
sorrowful time. Know that the greater OSU family is heartbroken for you and
loss. There is strength in numbers and there are thousands of prayers being
for you daily.
- Mary Fry (Pasadena, CA)
I am a huge OSU fan of every sport. I just want to say our coaches will be
families and team is in my prayers.
- SGT Preston Lott, U.S. Army (Killeen, TX)
Our hearts go out the OSU Women's Basketball team, the staff and the
will be praying for you!
- Gary and Deb Jones (Liberal, KS)
I have been praying every night for the coaches!
- Nicole Webster (Maryland)
The sorrow of the faithful
is not that of permanent loss,
but the tender sense of sadness
that comes in saying
good-bye for now.
- Lynn Knight (Oklahoma City, OK)
My wife and I, were shaken by the news. We cannot imaging the pain the
families of the
coaches and two alumni are going through. Our thoughts and prayers to them,
players, the coaches and the entire Stillwater community. May God strenghten,
and guide the OSU FAMILY! GO POKES!!!!!!!!!!
- Tony and Cynthia Goyang (Midland, TX)
OSU Alumn here. I can remember going to games and seeing coach Budke in his
blazer, and wondering what the heck he was wearing. It took a while for that
blazer to sink in with me. I'll never forget seeing him in that blazer on
and all the love, support, and motivation he gave his players every day. I
coach Serna except in passing a few times. What I learned and remembered
her on the court though was that her strong willed and amazing didication
ethic never yielded even in times of struggle.
Forever Loyal, Forever True. Forever OSU.
You will be greatly missed by many coach Budke and coach Serna.
- Whitney Robertson (Dallas, TX)
Thoughts and prayers to the Cowgirls women's basketball program. Isaiah
those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount on
eagles; They shall run and not be weary; They shall walk and not faint.
- Laura McMurtry (Lansing, MI)
Our coaching community has lost two of the most dedicated Coaches in Women's
Basketball. While I know Kurt and Miranda are with God, my prayers are with
loved ones as they grieve and do their best to move on.
- Charli Turner Thorne, ASU Coach (Tempe, AZ)
Words can't express the sorrow that we feel for the four families of this
to the OSU coaches and players, our thoughts and prayers are with them all.
We will always remember what these coaches have meant to OSU women's
- Wendell Stephens (Stillwater, OK)
The debut of the orange blazer at that bedlam win was one of the best
memories I have
of my undergrad. My thoughts and prayers are with the families. I will never
Loyal and True! Go Pokes!
- Whitney (Stillwater, OK)
Coach Budke and Miranda will truly will truly be missed! Had the pleasure to
both @ the Basketball camps! Both are wonderful people! See you Two in
- Jackie Ridenour and Morgan Woody (Krebs, OK)
The loss of Coach Kurt Budke and Coach Serna has rocked an entire nation!!!
two of the most Christian, positive, hardworking, caring people I have ever
met. My 2
girls have attended Budke BB camps for several years and my oldest was a
ballgirl. We continue to pray for the families & OSU coaching staff. Stay
- Traci Rayner (Hobart, OK)
I was letterman at OSU from 2005-07 and this is some of the worst news I
heard. I am so sorry. This is such a tragedy. My prayers goes out the the
both coaches and to the other two victims. This is just a minor set back. We
strong and together. WE ARE COWBOY NATION!!!!!!!!
- Jamaal Brown (Chicago, IL)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of both coaches, and to the OSU
and community. May God continue to Bless you all and give you peace and
- Princess Bernard (Irving, TX)
Thoughts and prayers to the Budke family, all the victim's families, Coach
Cowgirl Basketball, and to the entire OSU family. Your tragic loss is felt
across many miles. May your strength within your families help you in this
- Barton Sports (Great Bend, KS)
Please know that our OSU family has all of the families and players and
in our thoughts and prayers.
- Randy Phillis (Booker, TX)
It will be a day that you will always remember where you were when you heard
As I heard the ESPN anchor talk about another OSU Tragedy, I was dazed and
unbelievable that this could happen to our Cowboy Family twice. As my eyes
thinking about those lost, I believe our fallen coaches would want our grief
turned into to a positive by us coming together to help those in our
loyal State Alumni, Students, Staff and fans. Let us focus on never
Budke and Coach Serna’s smiles and remember their families and our OSU
they continue on during this difficult season. ORANGE POWER
- Kim Shelton (Yukon, OK)
May the peace and strength of God be with you during this time. My thoughts
prayers are with the OSU family.
- Cynt (DFW, TX)
I'm searching for the words to say,
I'll miss your loved one too.
How good to know the risen Christ
Waits now to comfort you.
I have had season tickets to the girls games for the last 5 years and have
Coach Budke and Miranda so much.
They were so fun and brought so much joy and enthuiasm to the game. I didn't
personally but I really felt a part of the OSU family and my heart is so
over the loss. God Bless All of You.
- Phyllis Ross (Crescent, OK)
The Oklahoma State family will stand strong! We will remember.
- Tyler Smith (Edmond, OK)
God has welcomed these two into his loving arms. Please convey my prayers to
families and of the course the OSU family as they move forward with their
forget the passion Coach Budke and Serna brought to OSU basketball but how
shape each person they came in contact during their lives.
- Ann Holden (Knoxville, TN)
A man and women who is now coaching God's basketball team. May God bless
and the OSU family. Psalm 138
- Rodrick Ford (Goldsboro, NC)
Our program sends it's thoughts and prayers to the families and players of
OSU. I was
fortunate to have known both Budke and Serna they were two amazing people
always extending their hands to aid both players and coaches. We cannot
begin to even
imagine the loss that is felt within your team, your family. You will
continue to be
in our teams prayers. Budke,Serna you will never be forgotten by those whose
- Fort Scott Community College Women's Basketball Team (Fort Scott, KS)
Our thoughts are with the Budke, Serna, and Branstetter families. What great
who inspired so many.
- Donna (Ringwood, OK)
My thoughts and prayers and love are with the families and friends of all
lost in this tragedy.So please take time and hit your knees tonight and ask
love them too.
- Francis Bias (Wichita, KS)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these 4 people
difficult time. I am also praying for our OSU family as we go through this
- Sheila Gregory (Spiro, OK)
I am the athletic trainer for the women's basketball team at the Air Force
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire OSU athletic department, the
famiy and women's basketball family.
- Sheri Lampin (U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO)
I have followed all Cowboy athletics since I enrolled in OkState in 1984
When I received the email about the tragic plane crash I felt as if I had
in the gut. I was sitting in my office at the University of Kentucky and
crying. My entire department are keeping my OkState family in their thoughts
prayers. Go Pokes!!!!!!
- Dalene Rice (Danville, KY)
I am an Ok state fan from afar. Sports a not a big priority for me now as a
53 yr old
man. Other things are now more important to me in life. When I heard all the
things that people said about Coach Budke and Ms Serna, I was heartbroken. I
on certain things to long and people say life goes on. There now is an
in a lot of young people's live. I believe that the world has lost 2
- Mark Allen (Gardner, KS)
Being part of the OSU family means supporting each other through the painful
well as the joyful times. I'm an alum ('82) and even though I have lived in
many years now, I became a big fan of Coach Budke's Cowgirls and was
they played on TV and I could watch their games. My heartfelt sympathies to
families and the team, you always have an extended family with the Cowboys.
- Gayle Shriver (Portland, OR)
I was born and raised Oklahoma State, my family has worked for the
entire life, and I feel as if I have lost members of my family. My thoughts
prayers are with the families. Thank you for allowing us to be apart of
- Mike Munday (Cushing, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our lost Cowboys. Each one
people was a wonderful example to not only the womens' basketball team but
to all of
us who had the opportunity to meet them. We will remember.
- Sharon and David Trojan (Enid, OK)
Being an OSU grad, the one thing I always said about OSU and Stillwater is
how much of
a family everyone is. OSU is a very tight university and this tragic loss
the university, community and all the alumni very much. So Sad. Prayers go
each family, student, professor, alumni and cummunity member that was
affected by this
loss. Special prayers are with the families of the four victims.
- Stephanie Colclasure (Bartlesville, OK)
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families affected and the OSU
- Joe, Amy, Katie and Lyndsey Knapp (Hopewell Junction, NY)
I wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers go out the coaches family and
to the school. RIP
- Mike (Houston, TX)
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families involved in this
haven't ever watched OKC athletics, but hearing about these two wonderful
me want to follow on a regular basis. Good luck the rest of the season
ladies, we know
you'll make Coach Budke & Coach Serna proud!!
- Andrew Miller (Lewisville, TX)
My deepest condolences go out to OSU, Cowboys/Cowgirls, Miranda was a year
then me.. She was an awesome person. The Mora Residents are in Mourning...
Bless Coach Budke's, The Branstetter's family as well... We are feeling your
across the Miles..Miranda, Always a Mora Rangerette in our heart....
- Frieda K. Bustos (Mora, NM)
Coach Budke and Coach Serna. It was a honor playing for you guys, Yall were
coaches and family away from home. I will miss you guys so much!! I know the
will make yall proud this year and the coaches will too! Always in my heart.
- Shyvon Spears (Angleton, TX)
You will always be with us,all 14 member's of the OSU family will always
shine down on
us,and let's let this be good for us,and let us see we need to wake up every
the strength to embrace life with open arms we will miss all of you, and to
left behind you can lean on us!
- Jacob Wilson (Ponca City, OK)
May we always remember each one lost in this tragedy not only for their
to the great university, but also for their contribution to this community,
families and mankind. Let their ORANGE shine forever.
- Reggie Givens (Mustang, OK)
My memories of Coach Budke in his orange jacket and Asst. Coarh Serna
even while coaching is forever in my mind when I think of OSU Cowgirls
Seeing the team and the coaches achieve the full house with OUis a special
My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the four who
while recruiting for the Cowgirls. May their memories serve as an
their families, friends, the Cowgirls team, and the OSU/Stillwater
who feel the impact of their loss. I hope we can all find ways to support
Budtke's children as they mature and move forward in life.
- Carolyn (Stillwater, OK)
As a present alumni of OSU and a student in 2001, I am saddened. Thoughts to
OSU family, especially the men and women of the OSU Women's Basketball
- Lisa Guinn (Fayette, IA)
I too am a UT Lady Vol fan but if you enjoy basketball then we are a whole
thoughts and prayers are with you the fans, players, family and faculty and
- Anna (Dayton, TN)
We are KU fans and have always thought of OSU as part of the brotherhood of
the Big 12
conference. Next year we won't have Missouri to hate, so maybe we can join
and make OU the one you love to hate. I pray for you that you will never
have to go
through this tragic loss again.
- Dale & Lila Fox (Overbrook, KS)
I am an Oklahoma State University alumnus, and I love my Alma Mater and the
make the University a beautiful place to grow and learn. Please accept my
for the loss of four wonderful people. I shall keep family members in my
Please, Oklahoma State University family, stay strong. Stay strong Pokes.
- Dr. Victoria L. Batten (Darlington, SC)
Thoughts and prayers for all families this holiday season.
- Spencer Nesbitt (Mukilteo, WA)
Many thoughts and prayers go out to the OSU basketball family, athletic
- Shannon Gage, OK native (Iowa City, IA)
Love and prayers of peace to all always, but especially during the Holidays.
- M.J. (Tulsa, OK)
I really enjoyed receiving the words of encouragement and the daily
Coach Serna and the OSU Coaching staff. I was saddend by the tragedy of this
and the effect it would have on the famlies and university. I know the power
prayer, and I also know that God is able to heal, and strengthen our hearts.
forever be in my heart as will my prayers for the families.
- Amber Harris (League City, TX)
I am a Diehard OSU fan and I could not hold back the tears when I heard
terrible accident. I am deployed in Kuwait and I give my prayers to Coach
Coach Serna's famililes. One of the greatest times I have had was at an OSU
game. They will be missed.
- Chad Holley (Oklahoma City, OK)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and the team.
- The McKnights (Rockwall, TX)
I was a part of the 1st ever Sweet Sixteen Cowgirl Basketball team (Class of
my heart bleeds for all of the current cowgirls on the women's basketball
are having to move on through such a horrible tragedy. I am especially sad
Budke and Serna families. We will continue to pray for all in the Cowboy
cotinue to suffer through this ordeal. Go POKES!!
- Althea Cox-Dixon (Paris, TX)
My thoughts and prayer's go out to the four victims families and friends.
And may God
bless the entire OSU family.
- Nicole Lovett (Columbus, OH)
My deepest condolence goes out to all the family involved the will be sorely
- Chris (Vicksburg, MS)
Always praying... I am sorry for the loss, but I know that Kurt is still
just has a better seat to see the floor from... Today, I am wearing an OSU
will be saying, "Go Cowgirls!"
- Brian Matthews (Cookeville, TN)
My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Budke's and Coach Serna's family and
well as the OK State family.
I am a long time Womens' Basketball fan and was so excited to see the OSU
off after Budke came on board. He will definitely be missed.
- Tammy Anderson (Midlothian, TX)
Coach Budke recruited some of my players while at Allen County. Where I
him. Always treated you as if you were his long lost friend. Worked camps
and for him. What a blessing it was. Coach Serna, a very classy lady. Worked
OSU for them this summer, and got to attend the Rice game. Both are now
memories for me. Only fitting Coach Budke won his last game. We should all
lucky. Thoughts and prayers to the family and the OSU family.
- Jon Holliday (Holton, KS)
Thanks for being role models for all those who want to follow in your
dedication to family, basketball and your team will always be in our hearts.
- Chris Lambert (Casa Grande, AZ)
We are recent alumni and were heartbroken to hear of the tragic, untimely
four amazing, wonderful people. We couldn't believe that this happened
again. I want
to say that I am extremely proud to be from Oklahoma and especially Oklahoma
Even our colleges at Oklahoma University came out and showed support. Thank
Sherri Coale for your kind words and show of encouragement. We are praying
families and friends during this time of loss. God Bless You.
- Andy and Sarah Fiegener (Claremore, OK)
Our thoughts are with the Oklahoma State women's program and its supporters.
- Vicki L. Friedman (Chesapeake, VA)
My thoughts and prayers are with the coaches' families and with the OSU
is my alma mater, and when my alma mater is sad, I am sad. The death of the
is a sad day, a day we should never forget. Stay strong Pokes!
- Victoria Batten (Darlington, SC)
Thoughts and prayers to all...Orange Power 4ever! OK State alum.
- Ruby Murphy (Oklahoma City, OK)
I am very sorry for your lost. I attended OSU as a Fulbright student and I
they value their people. Very big lost for all and their families. My
with you from Nicaragua.
God bless you and proud to be an OSU alumni,
- Carmen Ayerdis (Managua, Nicaragua)
The families of the four who died are in my prayers. Remember that God is
everyone and if you lift up your sorrow to Him he will help you get through
"The Lord manages everything!" - Sojourner Truth
- Kenzee Peetoom (Stillwater, OK)
As a 1976 Graduate of OSU it saddens my heart when things like this happen
when only 10 years ago we had another tragedy in Cowboy Nation.
My thoughts a prayers are with the family and friends, faculty and staff at
athletic department and the student body of OSU and Alumni who have lost two
in the rough.
- James D. Jones (Spokane, MO)
I thank you Lord for giving me a beautiful daughter, inside and out. I love
precious daughter, from here to Heaven a million times. And, Coach Budke,
for the abundant things that you did for my jita and in allowing her to
become my hero. You too became my hero. God bless you!
- Nettie Herrera (Guadalupita, NM)
Miranda, loved and respected everyone from
OSU. All of the Herrera family knew
how excited she was in working with Coach Budke, staff and players. I love
you coaches. Both of you were and still are my HEROES. I love you...
- Nettie Herrera (Guadalupita, NM)
I hope that the four lost rest in peace. As for family, friends, and all the
Cowboys affected by this tragedy, may your healing continue. The thoughts
and concerns of this Red Raider are with you all.
- Omar Guerra (Galveston, TX)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and OSU family
during this difficult time. God Bless!
- Bobby, Amber, Katy and Peyton McLoud (Lubbock, TX)
In a tragic loss like this, all of us are united in prayer and remembrance.
Tonight as the Cowgirls came to Lubbock and competed so valiantly, they
honored the legacy of Coach Budke and Coach Serna and inspired us all.
- Renee Underwood (Lubbock, TX)
I work at Texas Tech and want to express my sincere thoughts and prayers for
all members killed in the crash. I would also like to pat the OSU Womens BB
Team on the back for their determination and attitude during a season that
has many bad memories for them. Keep up the fight ladies - your coaches are
watching and cheering you on.
I enjoyed the game last night - and it would not have mattered which team
won -it was a well played game from both sides.
- Robert Barr (Lubbock, TX)
We will all miss you coaches.
- Tiffany Grizzard (Oklahoma City, OK)
I have know Kurt Budke since I was a little 11 year old kid. Kurt means the
me. I remember that day getting up and reading the news on TV. I keep saying
NO NO NO NO. Kurt means the world to me. He was the first coach I met. In 11
supporting Women's Basketball at New Mexico, I cannot believe he is gone! Be
Strong. A year ago he was here as he won his 100th game at OSU over New
in DOUBLE OVERTIME. He will be missed. BE STRONG BE STRONG. We back you
- Will Warren (Albuquerque, NM)
“I worked for Coach Budke and Coach Serna in 2007 as a women’s basketball manager. I can tell you that both those individuals are as quality of people as you will find. They both went out of their way to make me feel important every single day. Coach Budke gave me an opportunity to work at the school I love and I’ll be forever grateful for that. Although I am deeply saddened he is gone, I do know that by being around him on a day to day basis made me a better person.” – Blake Allen