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. And 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. You can find me on the message boards as “Solari”. I’m also traveling the country in a tiny camper — follow my blog for more!
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 Marcinko - Football Beat Writer
Nick is a recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunications. He is passionate about all sports but specifically baseball and football. Nick interned at Inside the Gators and worked part time with Knights247 before joining the Gator Country family. Nick enjoys spending his free time golfing and at the beach.
David Wunderlich - Columnist
David Wunderlich is a born-and-raised Gator and a proud Florida alum. He has been writing about Florida and SEC football since 2006. He currently lives in Naples Italy, at least until the Navy stations his wife elsewhere. You can follow him on Twitter @Year2
Eric Fawcett - Columnist
Eric is a basketball coach and writer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His work has been found at NBA international properties, ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, Lindy’s and others. He loves zone defenses, the extra pass, and a 30 second shot clock. Growing up in Canada, an American channel showing SEC basketball games was his first exposure to Gator hoops, and he has been hooked ever since. You can follow him on Twitter at @ericfawcett_.
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.
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