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 11th 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
Brad Eckola joins Marquette University for the 2015-16 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.
Eckola graduated from Winona State in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and would then earn master's degree in sports management for Northern Illinois in 2009.
Eckola resides in Burlington, Wis., with his wife Holly and daughter Faith.
Assistant Director, Blue & Gold Fund
Kerry Richter enters her second season as the Assistant Director of the Blue & Gold Fund, and her seventh 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, a resident of Wauwatosa, graduated from Marquette in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. She and her husband, John, were married in August of 2013.
Brandon Pond is in his second year as the Advancement Associate for the Blue & Gold Fund.
Pond is responsible for assisting and supporting the Athletics Advancement team, as well as the Blue & Gold Fund.
Pond previously held roles at Loyola University in Chicago as a caller, supervisor, and most recently, manager of Loyola's annual phonathon.
Pond graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola with a bachelor's degree in forensic science, while minoring in biostatistics and chemistry.