Laase to Join Turks Coaching Staff

A new addition to the coaching staff this year is Valley League veteran George Laase, who will be entering his 11th season in the league.  George will be serving as the Associate Head Coach for the Turks. 

Coach Laase was the former manager of the Staunton Braves for the past five seasons, leading them to the playoffs each summer, culminating in a Southern Division Pennant, Valley League Championship Runner-Up, and ranking as high as the 7th best team in the country during the summer of 2015.  George also served as an assistant coach for the Braves for four seasons, and played for the Braves in 2003, helping them win the Southern Division Pennant.  This past summer, Laase was selected to be the pitching coach of the Valley League Prospect Team, headed by the Turks own manager Bob Wease, who were co-champions and undefeated in the Showcase Games held in Kannapolis, NC. 

George played baseball at Division II Fairmont State University, where he was a four-year starter at second base, becoming only the 10th player in school history to have a career batting average of .400 or higher. 

Laase is currently employed by Staunton City Schools as the Virtual Learning Coordinator at R.E. Lee High school, where he serves as the head varsity baseball coach, and an assistant coach for football and volleyball.  His hobbies include spending time with his friends and family, attending sporting events, eating Italian food, and attending live music concerts.  He resides in Staunton with his girlfriend and mastiff named Moose. 

“I thoroughly enjoy everything that the Valley League stands for.  To be able to work with the next generation, to help them chase their dreams in hopes of hearing their names get the call on draft day, it’s what we are all here for.  I am looking forward to working with Hall of Fame Coach Bob Wease and the entire Turks organization, representing all of those who came before and everyone who will come after, as well as the beautiful city of Harrisonburg,” said Laase.

Coach Wease says, “It’s a honor and privilege to have George join the Turks. I’ve watched George for years and he’s a very knowledgeable baseball guy.  We’ve worked together during Valley League All-Star games and had a great time at the Showcase Games in Kannapolis, NC last summer. He’s got a true heart for young athletes and establishes good relationships with them. Players respect him and enjoy playing for him. I look forward to having George in the Turks dugout by my side.”