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Kurt Budke worked his way to the top

Coach revitalized Cowgirls, established himself in D-I after successful juco career

Originally Published: November 18, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

Kurt Budke had that way about him that people have when they've started on the basement floor and climbed up. He came by that determination by watching his parents. His father, John, worked for Southwestern Bell in Kansas for 45 years. Started as a lineman and moved all the way into management, Kurt was proud to say.

"I liked what my dad did, and how he did it," Budke said in 2006 after a game as we talked about his career. "He went through the whole thing, he scaled the poles. He ...

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