Attn: Blue & Gold Fund
The 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.
Each of Marquette's nearly 300 student-athletes will be featured during the 2013-14 campaign for their accomplishments outside of competition.
Dr. Paul McInerny
Associate AD - Engagement & External Affairs
Paul McInerny serves as Associate Athletic Director for Engagement & External Affairs at Marquette University. McInerny is responsible for athletic alumni relations, planned giving initiatives, and assists with major gift solicitation and endowment strategies. He joined the department in March 2005 from Dominican High School, where he served as president since 1995.
An alumnus of Marquette, McInerny earned two degrees from the University, a bachelor of arts in 1972 and a Ph.D. in education in 1989. He also holds a master's in journalism from Southern Illinois University. Following a successful two-year sports journalism career in North Dakota, he returned to Marquette in 1976 as an administrator serving in several capacities before his tenure at Dominican.
As an undergraduate, McInerny was a member of Marquette's soccer team and also earned membership in Phi Gamma Mu, the national social studies academic honor society. He served on the M Club board of directors from 1985 to 2005 including serving as its representative to the Marquette University Alumni Association national board. In 1996, he was awarded the Hy Popuch Award for service to Marquette athletics.
He helps coordinate a master's in leadership studies sports specialization and serves on its faculty. He has published scholarly works in several academic journals. His wife Carol and daughter Colleen are both Marquette alumni and son Kevin is an MU student.
McInerny also serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Memorial High School.
Associate Athletic Director, Development
Joe True enters his ninth year on the Marquette athletics staff and first as Associate Athletic Director for Development. He is responsible for leading all fundraising functions for the athletic department.
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 his tenure. His main responsibilities have been soliciting major gifts for the athletic department, with an emphasis on growing the Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund and the Athletic Endowed Scholarship Program.
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
Emily Baseheart enters her first year as Director for Development for Marquette athletics, and her third year with Marquette University. Baseheart is responsible for assisting with all fundraising functions for the athletic department.
Baseheart began her career at Marquette as Assistant Director of Development Annual Giving, working with Marquette alumni on the East Coast, and leading all fundraising efforts for Marquette University's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C.
A member of the UW-Milwaukee NCAA Division I women's swim team from 2002-2006, Baseheart (nee Holcomb) was a 20-time Horizon League finalist and four-year letter winner. Baseheart was also a two-year team captain and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2006, Baseheart was awarded the Herman Kluge Senior Student-Athlete Award for her commitment to academic excellence, athletic achievement and community involvement.
Baseheart resides in Milwaukee with her husband, Josh, who competed for UW-Milwaukee as a member of the men's swim team from 2000-2004.
Athletics Special Events Coordinator
Sarah Claus joined the Marquette Athletics department in August 2004 for an internship with the Blue & Gold Fund, later moving into an executive assistant role for two years before accepting her current position as Athletics Special Events Coordinator in 2007.
Claus oversees planning for all major athletic department events including the Blue & Gold Fund Auction, M Club Hall of Fame, golf outings, end-of-season banquets and other various dinners and awards ceremonies.
Prior to joining Marquette, Claus worked as an intern with the Lincoln Saltdogs, an independent league baseball team in her hometown of Lincoln, Neb. With the Saltdogs, she worked with marketing and promotions, merchandising, tickets and front office management.
Claus earned a Bachelor's of Journalism in Advertising from the University of Nebraska and recently completed her master's degree in Leadership Studies - Sports Specialization from Marquette University.
Blue & Gold Fund Assistant
Ciara Jones is in her second year with Marquette Athletics as the Blue & Gold Fund Assistant, but has been involved with the department for a number of years.
A four-year letterwinner (2008-11) for the Golden Eagles in volleyball, Jones served as co-captain in 2011 and helped the team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. She was named All-BIG EAST First Team and was an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree.
Jones recently completed an internship at Sports32 in Milwaukee, where she gained experience with various production elements, including video editing and camera operation. She also worked as an intern in MU's media relations department in 2011 and assisted with all aspects of the department's day-to-day operations. The Orlando, Fla., native earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast and electronic communications from Marquette in 2012. She is currently working on her master's in sports leadership at MU.