About

Company Bio

The Osceola began publishing in 1982 and immediately became one of the leading resources for Florida State athletics coverage. Now back in the hands of co-founder and owner Jerry Kutz, the Osceola has launched a new website devoted to providing:

  • Coverage of FSU men’s and women’s sports;
  • Recruiting;
  • The business of college athletics, especially as it pertains to Florida State;
  • A purposeful editorial focus on the Seminole fans’ experience, introducing convenient, affordable and memorable opportunities to enjoy your teams.

Leadership

Jerry Kutz, Publisher/owner

The FSU graduate (1974 and 1975 MBA) was co-founder of the Osceola in 1982. With an emphasis on excellent reporters and writers, the Osceola became a trusted source for tens of thousands of readers. After selling the publication in 1999, Kutz embarked on a 20-year career with Seminole Boosters where he was involved in diverse aspects of the business of FSU sports including fundraising, ticket sales, fan experiences, capital campaigns for scholarships and facilities including Doak Campbell Stadium and the Dunlap Champions Club. Following retirement in April, Kutz bought the Osceola and began assembling a staff with subject-matter expertise.

Jerry will write weekly columns, answer reader questions and offer perspectives on the business of college athletics. He is also passionate about the Seminole fan experience and committed to creating unique Osceola content to enhance our reader’s experience.

Jerry can be contacted at 850.508.8690 or at jkutz@theosceola.com

Charles Fishbein, Recruiting Analyst

Charles is the Founder of Elite Scouting Services and has been identifying high school football players for nearly 20 years. He will provide in-depth recruiting insight from the state of Florida to Osceola readers. His innate eye for those special athletes that deserve the opportunity to play college football has allowed him to earn national recognition with coaches, athletes and peers. Charles has a deep belief that football serves as a vehicle to create opportunities and change lives.

Charles can be contacted at cfishbein@elitescoutingservices.com

Vera Kutz, Osceola Experience

Vera Kutz is a 1995 graduate of the FSU School of Communications and has made her career in radio and voice acting (Veravoices.com). Vera will produce Osceola Podcasts and contribute to writing Osceola Experience stories. The Brooklyn native was drawn to warm weather, where she fell in love with the Seminoles and was sucked into the “Tallahassee Vortex” as she calls it.  

Mike McNamara, Osceola Outdoor Experience

The Osceola’s commitment to helping readers create unique Seminole fan experiences includes outdoor writer Mike McNamara. He is owner of St. Marks Outfitters and publisher of the Coastal Angler for the Big Bend. Mike loves to share his passion for the St. Marks wildlife refuge and the many outdoor options available when visiting the Big Bend for FSU sporting events.

Whether your passion is to fish, boat, kayak or paddle board a crystal-clear river, explore a pine forest on mountain bike or foot, or take a scenic eco-tour, Mike will offer Osceola readers fun options to consider with guided services available.

Mike can be contacted at redfish@stmarksoutfitters.com

Bob Ferrante, Managing editor

Bob is in his 10th year as part of the Osceola, beginning as a contributing writer and columnist before taking over as the editor in November 2014. In the last four-plus years, Bob has covered FSU sports as well as topics of interest to Seminoles fans that pertain to the ACC and college athletics.

He began his writing career as a high school sports correspondent at the Tallahassee Democrat in 1994. After his graduation from FSU in 1998, he spent the next eight years at the Democrat as a copy editor. Bob began his freelance sports writing in 2007, working for the Lakeland Ledger, Palm Beach Post, FoxSportsFlorida.com and contributed to Noles247. He has also contributed FSU coverage to Lindy’s preseason magazines since 2015.

Bob can be contacted at bferrante@theosceola.com

Patrick Burnham, Writer

Patrick has joined the Osceola staff and will fill multiple roles for the site. He will work as a Writer covering FSU’s athletic teams, the ACC and the business of college sports. Burnham has over a decade of experience working in and around the game of football at the pro, college and high school level as well as almost a decade in sales and event management experience in private business.

The Tallahassee resident comes to the Osceola after having spent one season where he oversaw Stadium and Football Operations for the Western Conference of the Alliance of American Football.  Burnham’s other experience in athletics comes from spending two seasons (2013 and 2014) as a College Football Recruiting Analyst for Fox Sports and Scout.com. From 2006-2013 Pat worked for the University of South Florida football program as Director of High School Relations (2006) and Director of Player Development (2007-2013), working for Coach Jim Leavitt (2006-2009) and for Coach Skip Holtz (2010-2012).

Patrick worked for the Osceola as a college student. His mother, Barbara, was an Osceola proofreader and his father, Wally, was FSU’s linebacker coach from 1985-1993. Patrick’s younger brother Shane is defensive line coach at UCF.

Pat can be contacted at burnham_patrick@yahoo.com

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If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to advertise, contact Jerry Kutz at jerrykutz939913@gmail.com.