RIPON, Wis. - A Dakota State University alumna and current Ripon College Women's Basketball Head Coach, Julie Johnson, recorded her 300th career collegiate victory with a 63-55 win over Grinnell (Iowa) College on Jan. 19. She became the fourth coach in the Midwest Conference (MWC) history to win 300 career games.
Johnson is in her 23rd season as head coach of the Red Hawks and recorded her 200th MWC victory, making her the fourth coach to achieve that feat. She had amassed a career record of 300-233 for a winning percentage of .563. Johnson is the all-time winningest head coach in Ripon's program history, more than twice the number of wins than the coach with the next-highest win total.
Under Johnson's leadership, Ripon has qualified for the conference tournament 11 times in the last 18 seasons and has made it to the NCAA Tournament on four occasions. She had guided the Red Hawks to MWC Championship in 1996, 2004, 2005 and 2009. During her tenure, Johnson has coached four All-American, five All-Region performers, three MWC Players of the Year and 32 all-conference selections.
A 1988 graduate of Dakota State University, Johnson has been named MWC Coach of the Year four times during her career (1995, 2004, 2005 and 2009), while also being named NCAA women's basketball Central Region Coach of the Year once. She is a member of both the Ripon College Athletic Hall of Fame and Dakota State University Hall of Fame (2000). Johnson has served as Ripon College's Athletic Director since 2010.
Prior to coaching at Ripon College in 1990, Johnson received her master's degree in exercise physiology while serving as an assistant women's basketball coach at South Dakota State. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in health, physical education and recreation at Dakota State University. While with the Lady T's under the guidance of long-time coach Dr. Judy Dittman, Johnson was a four-year starter, three-time All-Conference selection and the South Dakota-Iowa Conference (SDIC) Most Valuable Player in 1987 as well as the NAIA District XII Player of the Year. She was named the DSU's Alumni Coach of the Year in 1996.
Johnson currently resides in Ripon with her husband, Steve, and their seven-year-old son, Hunter.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director