Ripon College Athletic Director and Coach Julie Johnson passed away Thursday

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 17:34:40-04

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.