DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Sue Pitt Anderson is the Director of Programs and Services in the Club Development Division. She oversees many aspects of the USA Swimming diversity efforts. Prior to joining the staff at USA Swimming in 2000, Sue was a swim coach in New Jersey for many years. She was the founder and head coach of Scarlet Aquatic Club at Rutgers University. She was a two time Olympian (1964 and 1968) and world and American record holder. Sue swam prior to Title IX when there were very limited opportunities for female athletes and coaches. When she started coaching she was paid less than ½ of what less accomplished males were paid with the simple explanation, “you’re a girl.” Experiences like these and a love of swimming have made Sue passionate about extending and broadening opportunities for all participants.
DIVERSITY MEMBERSHIP SPECIALIST
Manuel Banks III has worked in the sports field for over 15 years for a variety of sports entities. Over this time span Manuel has worked for professional and collegiate organizations like the Memphis Grizzlies, AutoZone Liberty Bowl association, Memphis Maniax, Bowling Green State University Athletic Department, Sports 56 WHBQ in Memphis, TN and other entities in the areas of brand management, statistical research, sales, community relations and event presentation. In September of 2006 Manuel was hired as USA Swimming’s Consumer Marketing Director. In his former position Manuel was in charge of the Make a Splash in School program, Make a Splash water safety program, recruiting campaign, and the 2008 diversity research study. In 2009 Manuel joined USA Swimming’s club development division as its new Diversity Membership Specialist. As the Diversity Membership Specialist Manuel works with clubs and organizations on a variety of diversity programs geared toward increasing USA Swimming’s ethnic membership through grassroots efforts at the local level. Manuel also works with LSC’s on outreach membership initiatives. Manuel earned a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University and a M.S. in sports and leisure commerce from the University of Memphis.
Sport DIVERSITY CONSULTANT
Anderson joined the USA Swimming staff in 2009 following a very successful coaching career that included assistant coaching positions at Old Dominion University and the Tidewater Aquatics Club. He has also coached for the Greater Johnstown Dolphins in Johnstown, PA and Booker T. Washington in Norfolk, VA. As one of the founders of a non-profit, Diversity in Aquatics, and a faculty member in the department of Health & Physical Education at Norfolk State University, Anderson has championed numerous aquatic programs, swim lessons, water safety seminars, research projects, camps and clinics throughout the country as well as abroad. During his undergraduate studies at Penn State University, Anderson was a four-year member of the swim team and three-year member of the track team. He was also a member of Penn State's first Swimming & Diving Big Ten Championship Team. After attaining his B.S in Kinesiology from Penn State University, Anderson continued his education at California State University, Long Beach where he received his MBA in finance.
To contact a member of USA Swimming’s diversity team please call (719) 866-4578.