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Ripon College Athletic Director and Coach Julie Johnson passed away Thursday

Posted: 4:34 PM, Jun 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-14 21:34:40Z
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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.