|Born||June 3, 1961
|Died||November 17, 2011
|Alma mater||Barton County Community College
Wichita State University
|1979–1981||Barton County CC|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1983–1984||Washburn (men's GA)|
|1984–1988||Friends (men's asst.)|
|1988–1991||Kansas City Kansas CC (men's asst.)|
|1990–1991||Kansas City Kansas CC (interim HC)|
|1991–1993||Allen County CC|
|1993–2000||Trinity Valley CC|
|2000–2002||Louisiana Tech (assoc. HC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|4x NJCAA Women's Basketball Champions (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)
7x Texas East Conference Champions (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
3x WAC Champions (2003, 2004, 2005)
2x WAC Tournament Champions (2003, 2004)
KJCCC East Coach of the Year (1993)
2x WBCA NJCAA Coach of the Year (1995, 1998)
4x Texas Coaches Association Coach of the Year (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)
2x WAC Coach of the Year (2003, 2004)
NJCAA Hall of Fame
Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
Barton Community College Hall of Fame
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Kurt John Budke (June 3, 1961 – November 17, 2011) was an American college basketball coach. His final coaching job was as the head coach for the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls women's basketball team from 2005 until his death in a plane accident in 2011.
Prior to being named the women's basketball head coach of Oklahoma State in 2005, Budke had previously coached at Allen County Community College, Trinity Valley Community College, and Louisiana Tech. His teams reached 20 wins in each of his years, and had double digit losses in only one of his years, prior to his first year at Oklahoma State. At the junior college level, his record stands at 273-31 (.898), which is the highest winning percentage in NJCAA.
He was also a two time NJCAA coach of the year (1995, 1998). He was also the youngest coach ever to be inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame. From 2002 to 2005, he coached at Louisiana Tech, where he compiled an 80-16 record, highlighted by three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. His first Louisiana Tech team finished 31-3, and ended the season with a national ranking of 6th. The Lady Techsters reeled off 29 consecutive victories, which is the fourth longest streak in the school's storied history. He was named the WAC coach of the year for his efforts.
In his five years as Oklahoma State's women's basketball head coach, his teams went 99-68, and made three NCAA tournament appearances, highlighted by a Sweet 16 run in the 2008 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
Budke was killed in an airplane accident on November 17, 2011, when the Piper PA-28 Cherokee he and others were traveling in for a recruiting trip crashed in Perry County, Arkansas, about four miles south of Perryville. Budke and assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator Miranda Serna were killed in the accident. Budke left behind a wife and three children, the oldest of which is a student at Oklahoma State. Olin Branstetter, an Oklahoma state senator from 1986 to 1990, and his wife, Paula Branstetter, were also killed in the crash. Both Olin and Paula Brandstetter were certified pilots; the plane was being piloted by Olin.
Head coaching record
|Kansas City Kansas Lady Blue Devils (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference) (1990–1991)|
|1990–91||Kansas City Kansas||3–27||0–|
|Kansas City Kansas:||3–27||0–|
|Allen County Red Devils (Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference) (1991–1993)|
|Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals (Texas East Conference) (1993–2000)|
|1993–94||Trinity Valley||35–1||1st||NJCAA Champions|
|1994–95||Trinity Valley||31–1||1st||NJCAA Runner-Up|
|1995–96||Trinity Valley||32–4||1st||NJCAA Champions|
|1996–97||Trinity Valley||34–2||1st||NJCAA Champions|
|1997–98||Trinity Valley||34–1||1st||NJCAA Runner-Up|
|1998–99||Trinity Valley||36–0||1st||NJCAA Champions|
|1999–00||Trinity Valley||24–6||1st||NJCAA Region XIV Finals|
|Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (Western Athletic Conference) (2002–2005)|
|2002–03||Louisiana Tech||31–3||18–0||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2003–04||Louisiana Tech||29–3||17–1||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2004–05||Louisiana Tech||20–10||14–4||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|Oklahoma State Cowgirls (Big 12 Conference) (2005–2011)|
|2006–07||Oklahoma State||20–11||8–8||6th||NCAA First Round|
|2007–08||Oklahoma State||27–8||11–5||T–3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2008–09||Oklahoma State||17–16||4–12||T–10th||WNIT Second Round|
|2009–10||Oklahoma State||24–11||9–7||T–6th||NCAA Second Round|
|2010–11||Oklahoma State||17–15||4–12||11th||WNIT Second Round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Budke Inducted Into Hall of Fame". Okstate.com. June 14, 2015. Retrieved 13 Aug 2015.
- "OSU's Kurt Budke, assistant killed in plane crash". Tulsa World. November 18, 2011.
- OSU Women's Basketball Coach, Assistant Killed In Plane Crash, KWTV-DT, November 18, 2011.
- Who were OSU women's head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna, KJRH-TV, November 18, 2011.
- Branstetters had a love of aviation, OSU, KJRH-TV, November 18, 2011.