Nov. 3, 2000
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) named Rich Wanninger as its Director, Communications and Public Affairs, USADA Chief Executive Officer Terry Madden announced Friday.
Wanninger comes to USADA after more than two years as the Director of Communications for USA Cycling.
USADA is the official independent drug-testing agency for the Olympic sports in the United States.
A graduate of Arizona State University, Wanninger served as an assistant sports information director at his alma mater from 1985 through 1991 before taking over as Director of Communications for USA Volleyball. He also served as Director of External Affairs for U.S. Olympic Festival-’95 in Colorado and the Manager of the Main Press Center for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
He has worked numerous international sporting events, including five Olympic Games and three Pan American Games.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) – the independent testing agency for Olympic sports in the United States – was created as the result of recommendations set forth by the United States Olympic Committee’s Select Task Force on Externalization. USADA began operations Oct. 1, 2000, with full authority for testing, education, research and adjudication for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. It is USADA’s responsibility to develop a comprehensive national anti-doping program for the Olympic Movement in the United States.