Attn: Blue & Gold Fund
Al McGuire Center
770 N. 12th Street
Milwaukee WI, 53233
Main phone line:
Blue & Gold Fund Goals
The primary goal of the Blue & Gold Fund is to fully fund all athletic scholarships at Marquette University.
Associate Athletic Director, Development
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.
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.
Director of Development, Athletics
Brad Eckola begins his second year at Marquette University for the 2016-17 campaign as the Director of Development, Athletics. His primary focus of work is to cultivate and solicit donor support for athletic department priorities.
Prior to Marquette, Eckola was a Product Management Specialist at Runzheimer International where he managed client relationships, while generating analytic studies of customer trends, target markets and product performance.
Eckola also owns a wealth of higher education experience, who started his profession career at Northern Illinois as an Event Coordinator. He would later go on to become a Ticket/Donor Account Manager at Oregon State University, where he opened 276 new accounts of annual fund contributors. In late 2010, Eckola was promoted as the Regional Director of Development, tasked with overseeing the Beaver Athletic Student Fund, where he managed over 150 donor portfolios.
A 2007 Winona State graduate, Eckola earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and then a master's degree in sports management for Northern Illinois in 2009.
Eckola and his wife, Holly, have two children, Faith and Carson.
Assistant Director, Blue & Gold Fund
Kerry Richter enters her third season as the Assistant Director of the Blue & Gold Fund, and her eighth year with Marquette University.
Richter is responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategies with the goal of increasing donor participation and dollars raised for the Blue & Gold Fund. She will also serve as the primary point of contact with the ticket office on the administration of the priority point system and annual reseating process.
Richter began her career as a Blue & Gold Fund Assistant serving as the primary contact for donor inquiries relating to contributions, priority points, reseating and ticket requests.
Richter graduated from Marquette in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. She and her husband, John, are residents of Wauwatosa.
Advancement Associate, Blue & Gold Fund