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Address:
Attn: Blue & Gold Fund
Al McGuire Center
770 N. 12th Street
Milwaukee WI, 53233

Main phone line:
414-288-3988
blueandgoldfund@marquette.edu

Blue & Gold Fund Goals

The primary goal of the Blue & Gold Fund is to fully fund all athletic scholarships at Marquette University.

B&G Online Auction

The year-round online auction features Marquette-specific items and all funds raised go directly to student-athlete scholarship support.

Joe True

Associate Athletic Director, Development
joseph.true@marquette.edu
414-288-0253

Joe True enters his 12th year on the Marquette athletics staff and serves as Associate Athletic Director for Development. He oversees all fundraising and development functions for the athletic department and serves as a member of the University's Advancements Leadership team.

Currently, True serves as the campaign manager for the Athletic Performance Research Center (APRC), a $120 million facility that will provide indoor training, workout and lockerroom spaces for multiple Marquette Athletics programs. The APRC will also serve as a world-class research facility for elite researchers and clinicians.

True began his career at Marquette as an intern for the Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund in July 2005 and has served in multiple fundraising roles during this tenure. His main responsibilities have been soliciting leadership and major gifts for the athletic department, with an emphasis on growing the Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund and the Athletic Endowed Scholarship Program. Under True's leadership, the number of endowed scholarships for the department has doubled and boasted records in annual scholarship dollars raised for five consecutive years.

Prior to his arrival at Marquette, Joe was a graduate assistant in the athletic ticket office at Northern Illinois University and served as an operations intern with the American Junior Golf Organization.

He was a four-year letter winner on the NIU golf team and was the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council for two years. Joe received a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Masters of Science in Sports Management from Northern Illinois University.


Lydell Sargeant

Director of Development, Athletics
lydell.sargeant@marquette.edu
414-288-2013

Lydell Sargeant arrived in Milwaukee after spending two years at Utah Valley University as the department's Director of Athletic Development.

As Director of Development at Utah Valley, Sargeant directed all facets of UVU Athletics Wolverine Club, UVU Athletics' sole booster club, annual fund and athletic scholarship fundraising. Sargeant also led UVU Athletics' ticketing, retail sales and special events departments. At UVU Sargeant guided the Wolverine Club to record breaking fundraising years in 2015 and 2016, in addition to significant increases in ticket sales, merchandising, event revenue and staff donations.

Previous to UVU, Sargeant served as Assistant Athletic Director at Penn State University where he worked under Associate Athletic Director Fran Ganter assisting in a variety of administrative aspects for Penn State football.

Lydell received his B.S. from Penn State University in 2008 and played defensive back for coach Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions from 2005 until 2008. As a four-year letterman and All-Big Ten cornerback he was a member of Penn State's 2005 and 2008 Big Ten Championship teams, playing in the BCS Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl.  Sargeant went on to play in the NFL as a cornerback for the Buffalo Bills until a career ending knee injury in 2010.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sargeant received his master's degree in Sport Management Studies from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013. He resides in Milwaukee with his wife, Nicole.


Matt Johnson

Assistant Director of Development, Athletics
matthew.f.johnson@marquette.edu
414-288-6550

Matt Johnson returned to his alma mater and joined the Blue and Gold Fund in March 2017 as an Assistant Director of Development.

Johnson joins the Blue and Gold Fund after three years as an Associate Director of the Army A Club at the United States Military Academy. While with Army West Point Athletics, Johnson assisted with the cultivation of annual gifts in support of the Cadet-Athlete experience. Prior to his time at Army West Point, he served as a development graduate assistant with Illinois State University's Weisbecker Scholarship Fund and also as a marketing and ticketing assistant at the University of Rhode Island. While at ISU, Johnson assisted with the cultivation of gifts to the Hancock Stadium renovation, as well as the sale of premium seating. In addition, Johnson worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as an intern for the Brewers Community Foundation during the 2010 season.

A 2011 graduate of Marquette, Johnson earned degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship. While at MU, he served as a marketing intern for the athletics department from 2009 to 2011. Johnson graduated with a Master of Science degree in sport management from Illinois State in 2014. A native of Bettendorf, Iowa, Johnson currently resides with his wife, Elizabeth, in Milwaukee.

Melissa Morello

Advancement Associate
melissa.morello@marquette.edu
414-288-5436

Melissa Morello begins her first year as an Athletic Advancement Associate at Marquette University in 2016-17.

In her position, Morello is responsible for assisting all Blue & Gold Fund initiatives and maintaining the fund's Twitter page. She assists with the fulfillment of donor benefits, staffing and working hospitality rooms for influential donors at Marquette Men's Basketball games and managing the athletic advancement budget. Morello also organizes all calendar and meeting scheduling for the athletic advancement team and planning and execution of special events.

Morello served three months as an Academic Student-Athlete Advising Intern at Marquette prior to her current position. Primarily, she helped with administrative tasks, developing creative content and student tutoring.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native graduated from the College of Charleston in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in communications with a hospitality and tourism minor, all while competing as a volleyball and sand volleyball student-athlete.