Congratulations to Coach Bob Wease for celebrating 24 years with the Harrisonburg Turks this season! Wease has been the President and General Manager of the Turks since February 1990. The 2014th season will be his 13th year as Head Coach of the Turks with a record of 336-203 and a winning percentage of .623. The 2013 Turks finished with a 32 and 12 season record and was ranked 7th in the nation at one time. The 2012 Turks won the Valley Baseball League Championship with a 34-18 record which ranked them 14th among all summer leagues across the nation. In 2011 team was the pennant winner and ranked 4th the country.
Coach Wease is excited about the 2014 Turks. Wease continues his east coast flair to the team for another year with the assistance of some Turks Alumni that are now college coaches and also former Turks coaches. Wake Forest Coach Tom Walters, Georgia State Coach Edwin Thompson, and UNC Greensboro Coach Link Jarrett all played for the Turks during their college years. Wingate Coach Jeff Gregory had coaching seasons with the Turks and Duke Coach Chris Pollard played for the Winchester Royals. Coach Wease depends on these men and their familiarity of the Valley Baseball League and their baseball experience to help him put together a strong roster for the Turks.
Wease played collegiate baseball and football at Shenandoah University and then transferred 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 played 10 years 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, Wease played for the Linville Patriots as a 14-year-old in 1959 until he was 16. Wease began playing in the VBL for the next 10 years from 1960-1970. He then returned back to the RCBL and played from 1971-1995 for numerous teams; Twin County, Grottoes, Linville, and Harrisonburg. He also managed the Linville Patriots and the Harrisonburg Chics, winning several championships.
Coach Wease, his wife, Teresa and their son Matt invite everyone to James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park. Come out and meet the future baseball stars of tomorrow and get those priceless autographs. Get your Turks gear and enjoy one of those great ballpark hot dogs and a delicious “Huddle burger with fried onions”.
Let’s pack the stands during the 2014 season and cheer our Turks on to another Valley Baseball League Championship. You can contact Coach Wease by phone at his work number (540) 434-5919 or by e-mail at email@example.com. We encourage you to check out and follow the Turks at www.harrisonburgturks.com, and on our Face Book at Harrisonburg Turks Baseball page.
2014 Assistant Coaches to be announced.