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Oklahoma State AD: Kurt Budke 'Quickly Turned Our Program Around'

In a statement released by the Tulsa World News, Oklahoma State Athletic Director Mike Holder put forth his first statement concerning the tragic loss of women’s basketball head coach Mike Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna. He also began to make some of the moves necessary for the future of the program.

“On Friday morning, OSU athletic director Mike Holder said Jim Littell, associate head coach of the OSU women’s team, has been designated the interim head coach,” wrote Bill Haisten and Kelly Hines. “Shutt said OSU counselors and athletic staff are offering assistance to the Cowgirl players and staff.”

“We are shocked by this terrible loss,” Holder said. “Kurt Budke was an incredibly positive influence on his players and was a tremendous coach. He quickly turned our program around and put Cowgirl basketball on the map. Miranda was a tireless worker and great recruiter.”

Kurt Budke had a career coaching record of 112-83.