The 2016 season marks coach Bob Wease’s 26th year as President and General Manager of the
Turks and his 15th as Head Coach. Over that span, Wease has compiled a record of 396-231
and a winning percentage of .632%. The 2015 Turks finished with a record of 30-16. The Turk have won the VBL pennant four out of the last five years and ranked nationally by Perfect Game; 4th in
the country in 2011, 12th in 2012 and 7th in 2013.Wease played collegiate baseball and football at
Shenandoah University before transferring to James Madison University where he played baseball under the legendary coach Brad Babcock. His baseball career also included playing in the U.S. Army, the
local Rockingham County League, and in the Valley Baseball League.
Wease was inducted into the Rockingham County Baseball League Hall of Fame, Class of 2013. As
the youngest player ever in the RCBL at 13, Wease played for the Linville Patriots in 1958 until age
16. Wease then began his 6 year VBL career in 1961 for the Harrisonburg Turks, then with New
Market Rebels in 1962-63. He didn’t play in 1964 due to a broken leg. Played in the US Army 1965-
66. He was back in New Market in 1967, Harrisonburg in 1968 and with the Shenandoah Indians in 1969. He then returned back to the RCBL and played from 1970 to 1994 for numerous teams; Twin County, Grottoes, Linville, and Harrisonburg. He also managed the Linville Patriots and the Harrisonburg Chics, winning several championships.
Coach Wease resides in Harrisonburg where he has owned Wease Auto Exchange for 40 years. He is married to Teresa Wease. Together the couple have worked tirelessly to build the Turks into a
first class organization that the Harrisonburg – Rockingham County communities can be proud of
and fans of all ages can enjoy. The couple has five children and nine grandchildren.
Pitching Coach Jason Griffin
Jason Griffiin returns the Turks for his second season as the pitching coach. Griffin is a 1996 graduate of
Bridgewater College where he was a part of three straight conference championship teams.
Griffin is very familiar with the Valley Baseball League, Griffin has coaching experience both on the high school and college levels at Turner Ashby High School and Eastern Mennonite University.
After graduation he spent thirteen seasons with the Clover Hill Bucks of the Rockingham County League where he was the RCBL Pitcher of the Year in 1995, 1997, and 2004 as well as the RCBL MVP in 1997.
Griffin lives in Dayton, VA with his wife Carla, and their two children.
Assistant Coach Derrik Walling
The Turks welcome Derrik Walling to the 2016 Turks coaching staff. Walling is in
his second season as Assistant Coach at Bridgewater College where he assists in
recruiting as well as being responsible for the outfielders and hitters.
Walling is no stranger to the Valley Baseball League. Last summer he was an Assistant Coach with the Waynesboro Generals in the that went to the south division final before loosing to the Staunton Braves.
Walling was a four letter starter at Bridgewater College with the 2014 team that won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and went to the south regional final in Demorest, GA and was a member of the 2013 ODAC All-Tournament Team. He also played one summer for the Front Royal Cardinals in the Valley League.
Bench Coach Mark Klosinski is in his 10th year with the Turks organization. He lives in Harrisonburg and is employed by Rockingham County Schools. He enjoys and appreciates the chance to work with the young ballplayers who play for the Turks and who continue challenging him to keep up with them!
In his spare time Klosinski is an avid runner, and enjoys hiking, and biking.
Coach Klosinski resides in Harrisonburg. He is married to Lisa Driscoll Klosinski. The couple has a son Kyle and daughter Greta.