STILLWATER — Leaving Louisiana Tech for Oklahoma State University in 2005, Budke transformed the OSU program to contend for the Big 12 conference title and reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in just his third year. In six seasons at OSU, Budke’s teams made five post-season appearances compiling a 112-83 record including 1-0 to begin the 2011 season prior to his death in 2011.
Honored posthumously, Budke’s wife Shelley Budke accepted his induction into the hall of fame. Joining Shelley Budke in attendance were daughter Sara, Budke’s parents John and Margie Budke along with longtime family friends Mark and Kathy Chaput of Salina, Kan.
“Kurt (Budke) was an outstanding collegiate player and made a big impact at Barton County,” Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Jim Littell said. “He was well renowned in Kansas for his basketball abilities as well as his coaching abilities. I’m very happy for Shelley and their family that he was inducted into the Barton County hall of fame. It’s a very worthy award and I’m very happy for their family.”