Inspirational Wahlert High School head boys tennis coach and Dubuque tennis icon Julie Westercamp passed away yesterday following a long hard fight with cancer.
In her first season as head coach in 2016, the Golden Eagles laid claim to a state record tying 9th state team championship. The following year she was diagnosed with cancer taking the year off during treatments. Westercamp returned in 2018 to lead Wahlert to another team title establishing the new state record. Over the past year the cancer returned more aggressively, and eventually doctors determined there was nothing more they could do.
In January, Westercamp received the 2018-19 Iowa Boys Tennis Coach of the Year award. Over the past 20 years Westercamp was also a tennis instructor at Dubuque Golf and Country Club an Alpine Tennis Club. She also was a Phys-Ed teacher at Western Dubuque from 1981-to-2013.