Claremore Daily Progress


June 29, 2012

Cousin of Miranda Serna honoring her memory in New Mexico

STILLWATER — The tiny town of Mora, N.M., was rocked when it learned one of it’s own — Oklahoma State assistant coach Miranda Serna — died in a November plane crash.

Eight months later, Serna’s cousin Aaron Chavez hopes to start the healing process with a camp July 16-18 in Serna’s honor.

“It’s something we wanted to do to keep Miranda’s memory alive,” said Chavez, an associate head coach for the men’s basketball team at Bakersfield College. “It’s something that is not only important for my family, but it’s important for our community. Not only are we as a family still dealing with it, but so is everybody else in our community because Miranda was such an inspiration. ...This is just only part of the lasting legacy for Miranda.”

With 65 open spots, Chavez said the camp filled up quickly. Proceeds from the camp will go to a scholarship fund named after Serna for graduating students from Mora High School.

“It really wasn’t a surprise,” Chavez said. “Anytime there’s a tragedy like that, the community finds a way to rally around and support those who were affected. We just wanted to do something to carry on Miranda’s legacy and obviously a basketball camp and the scholarship were the first thing that came to mind.”

Known as a tireless worker on and off the court, the camp will help instill those same fundamentals in younger kids that Serna taught in six-plus seasons at Oklahoma State.

“We are going to teach drills that were special to Miranda,” Chavez said. “We have some of Miranda’s former high school teammates that are going to be assisting and working the camp. That group of women is going to do a couple of drills that they remember doing with Miranda, as well as some drills that I got from coach (Jim) Littell. That way we can teach the kids and let them know what it is she got to do with her girls at Oklahoma State.”

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