The Gator Country Team
Welcome to Gator Country – The Insider Authority on Gator Sports!
Gator Country, founded in 1996, has always put together a top-notch staff to bring you unparalleled coverage not matched anywhere! We are also the only Gator media outlet 100% owned and operated by Florida Gators! Here’s our “Dream” team:
Raymond Hines III - Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Back when I was a wee one I had to decide if I wanted to live dangerously and become a computer hacker or start a website devoted to the Gators. I chose the Gators instead of the daily thrill of knowing my next meal might be at Leavenworth. No regrets, however. The Gators have been my addiction. What makes this so much fun is doing innovative things to help bring all the Gator news that is news (and some that isn’t) to Gator fans around the world. Andy Warhol said we all have our 15 minutes of fame. Thanks to Gator Country, I’m working on a half hour. Thanks to an understanding daughter that can’t decide if she’s going to be the female version of Einstein, Miss Universe, President of the United States or a princess, I get to spend my days doing what I’ve done since Gus Garcia and I founded Gator Country back in 1996. Has it really been over a decade and a half now? You can find me on the message boards as “Solari”. P.S. That’s my lovely daughter, Alyssa, you see in the picture with me. :)
Bernadette King - Chief Operating Officer
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Ever on the hunt for the perfect craft Shandy (Jack-O Traveler is the current fav), I’m most likely to be found on the back of my husband’s Vulcan as we traverse Florida’s backroads.
On these great adventures, “must-stop” places include great seafood joints for the hubster and metaphysical shops for me.
When I’m not helping Ray and the staff keep Gator Country in the Top 10 of college sports site, I’m working on my own passion project BuildingBeautifulSouls.com .
Andrew Spivey - Recruiting Analyst
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.
Nick De La Torre - Football Beat Writer
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC
David Parker - Columnist
One of the original columnists when Gator Country first premiered, David “PD” Parker has been following and writing about the Gators since the eighties. From his years of regular contributions as a member of Gator Country to his weekly columns as a partner of the popular defunct niche website Gator Gurus, PD has become known in Gator Nation for his analysis, insight and humor on all things Gator. You can also find him on our message boards as a very active and engaging poster, although he has a tendency to to drive rivals and certain fans crazy with his invectives. After all, he’s a passionate Gator fan and he’s certainly one of our more popular columnists.
Dan Thompson - Columnist
Dan Thompson is a 2010 graduate of the University Florida, graduating with a degree in Economics and a degree in Political Science. During this time at UF, Dan worked three years for the Florida Gator Football team as a recruiting ambassador. Dan dealt daily with prospects, NCAA guidelines, and coaching staff. Dan was also involved in Florida Blue Key, Student Government and Greek Life. Currently, Dan works as a Recruiter for a south Florida-based company. Dan enjoys golfing, country music, gin, travel, oysters, and a medium-rare steak. Dan has previously covered the Gators extensively on BourbonMeyer.com; on Twitter (@DK_Thompson; and as the administrator of TheGatorsDaily.com(http://TheGatorsDaily.com).
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