Head Coach: Bob Wease
The 2014 season marks coach Bob Wease’s 24th year as President and General Manager of the Turks and his 13th as Head Coach. Over that span, Wease has compiled a record of 336-203 and a winning percentage of .623. The 2013 Turks finished with a 32-12 season record, finishing the regular season #7 in summer league rankings by PerfectGame. The 2012 squad finished second in the Southern Division, but managed to win the Valley Baseball League Championship with a 34-18 record, placing them 8th among all summer leagues teams across the nation. In 2011, the Turks won the VBL pennant with a 32-12 record, placing them 4th the country as ranked by PerfectGame. His tenure has seen the beginnings of several top 5 MLB prospects with dozens of alumni landing in Major League and Minor League baseball.
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 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 at 13, Wease played for the Linville Patriots in 1956 until his age 16 season. Wease then began his 10 year VBL career in 1960. 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.
Associate Head Coach Rodney Cullen
After taking the 2013 season off, Cullen has joined the Harrisonburg Turks. Cullen coached in the Valley League during the 2010-2012 seasons with Coach Derek McDaniel and the Waynesboro Generals. Rodney is starting his 30th year of high school baseball this spring as the Head Coach at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville. He began his career in 1985 as an assistant coach under Sam Alexander at Stuarts Draft High School, and then spent the next two seasons at Riverheads High School with Steve Kyle. Cullen’s first head coaching position was in 1988 at Fishburne Military School, where he spent the next 16 years coaching baseball, basketball, and teaching physical education. He was also the Athletic Director at Fishburne for 10 years. Currently Cullen is in his 11th year at Wilson Memorial High School where he teaches physical education, and is the Head Coach for both baseball and basketball. He is beginning his 6th year at the helm of Wilson’s baseball program where he has led the Hornets to 2 regular season, and 2 tournament Shenandoah District championships, and the 2013 Virginia DII State Championship. Rodney currently resides in Stuarts Draft with his wife Ann. They have three grown children and one grandson.
Pitching Coach Jason Kuhn
Jason Kuhn joins the Turks this season as Pitching Coach. He is a 2010 graduate of JMU, playing for the Diamond Dukes from 2006 to 2010, missing the 2007 campaign to injury. After graduation, Kuhn was a volunteer coach at St. Andrews University in NC. After his first season, he was elevated to pitching coach, and was heavily involved in recruiting 23 new student-athletes to the program. Since 2012, Kuhn has been a volunteer assistant for the JMU baseball program.
Individually, Kuhn posted a 4-3 record, two saves and a 7.54 ERA in 55 career appearances, primarily as a reliever. His most extensive work came as a senior when he posted career bests of 47 1/3 innings, 20 appearances and 23 strikeouts. Three of his four career wins came as senior, along with all six of his career starts.
Assistant Coach Blake Sipe
Sipe played for the Turks divisional rival Staunton Braves for three seasons where he was named to two Valley League All-Star teams and earned Team MVP honors in both 2012 and 2013. He finished the 2012 season as the league leader in stolen bases with 21 and second in the VBL with a .397 average. “I am very excited to be a part of such a 1st class organization under Coach Bobby Wease. I believe this will be a great summer for the Harrisonburg Turks and a lot of fun,”
Sipe is a native of the Shenandoah Valley. His high school days were spent at Fort Defiance High School. After graduating, Sipe has played four years for the Radford Highlanders as an outfielder, appearing in over 125 games. Sipe will complete his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration/Management in the spring of 2014.
Bench Coach Mark Klosinski
Bench Coach Mark Klosinski is in his 8th 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!