OSU assistant basketball coach buried in NM

Oklahoma State University assistant basketball coach Miranda

Serna, who died in a plane crash this month, has been buried in New


Miranda Serna was remembered as a ”hero” by family members and

former teammates during a funeral Saturday.

Serna and Kurt Budke, the head coach for OSU women’s basketball

team, died when a single-engine plane transporting them on a

recruiting trip crashed in Arkansas.

The pilot, 82-year-old former Oklahoma state Sen. Olin

Branstetter, and his 79-year-old wife, Paula, also died when the

plane sputtered, spiraled out of control and nosedived into the

Winona Wildlife Management Area, about 45 miles west of Little


Serna played at Eldorado High School in Albuquerque and led the

Eagles to two state titles.