Kurt Budke: The Collected Wisdom of Kurt Budke

COLLECTED WISDOM -- In March of 2011, Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke shared his thoughts on his childhood, family and the role sports played in his life. Budke and OSU assisstant Miranda Serna were killed Thursday in a plane crash in Arkansas
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm •  Published: March 26, 2011
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photo - OSU coach Kurt Budke argues with an official during a timeout in the Big 12 women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OSU coach Kurt Budke argues with an official during a timeout in the Big 12 women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

I found out real quick that boys are selfish and about making money and making a name. Girls, if they believe in you, would give you their heart and soul every single day and would not worry about who got the points or how we won.

When I was in junior college I went to (recruit at) a house in a really poor neighborhood and the brother was sitting in the living room with a pair of jeans on and we went back to get her and she came out with his pair of jeans on ... like maybe that was their best pair of jeans in the house. That kid, we changed her life, she went on to play in the WNBA and do great things. That's something I remember.

We've had our failures along with successes with (changing lives) but it's not for a lack of trying. In 1996 I suspended my leading scorer because she would not go to class and do the things we asked her to do. She went on to graduate from a four-year university.

The worst thing, by far, about my job is missing my kids' ballgames. I can never get those back.

My first year at Trinity Valley we won the national championship and in the four games at the national tournament we scored 100 points in all four games and won the championship game 105-95. That's a record that hasn't been broken, scoring 100 points in four straight games, that was as fun a year as I have had.

My first year here (was the toughest). I've never lost much in my life and we had nice kids but they weren't Big 12-level players. They gave everything they had but to go out every single night and know you didn't have a chance, we went 0-17 and that was awful tough, but we had great kids which made it bearable for all of us.


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