Oklahoma State women's basketball coach
Oklahoma State made its fifth straight postseason appearance under Kurt Budke this season despite featuring no players with more than one season of Division I women's basketball experience.
Before arriving in Stillwater, Budke won four national championships at Trinity Valley Community College and coached Louisiana Tech to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
He is the youngest coach ever inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
My dad worked for Southwestern Bell for 47 years, but deep down he was a coach at heart. From the time I was eligible to play Pee Wee, he coached baseball, basketball and football from the time I was 6 years old until I entered junior high. My dad was a big part of my inspiration to be a coach.
I got to see him interact with kids, I got to see him change lives. We had kids on the team who couldn't have played because they didn't have a ride, and we had a little truck and we'd pick the kids up. When I look back on it, there's no doubt that sent me in the direction of coaching.
That's what I think (coaching) is all about. Developing kids and taking them from kids to adults. I really enjoy the progression you see as a coach from someone who comes in as a freshman to (who they are) as a senior.
My style and how I coach I've taken more from Jerry Mullen than anything else. He showed me the intensity this game has to be attacked with, every day. There are no days off, winners don't have two good practices then take a day off. It's every day. He was the toughest coach I had but I knew through all the toughness that he loved me also. He had the biggest impact.
If it wasn't for 500 dollars, I'd still be on the men's side. I had been on the men's side for six years and was making $1,000 and they offered me $500 more to take over the women's team. I was getting married and didn't have any money so I thought “Why not?”