RIPON, Wis. — Ripon College announced Friday that athletic director and Red Hawks Women's Basketball Coach Julie Heinz-Johnson passed away Thursday at the age of 53.
In an obituary posted on Ripon College's website, Johnson arrived at Ripon College as a 24-year-old basketball coach and exercise science teacher in 1990. She stayed at Ripon her entire career.
Ripon College says she led the Red Hawks Women's Basketball team from 1990-2013, to a career record of 303-237 (.561) becoming the program's winningest coach and one of only four coaches in Midwest Conference history to record more than 300 career victories.
Learn more about Johnson's career here .
Back in March, Ripon College renamed the basketball court in her honor, the new "Johnson / Gillespie Court".
Johnson is survived by her husband Steve and their son Hunter. A public celebration of life service will be held on campus at the Willmore Center, Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m. with a special visitation just prior from 4-6 p.m.