Head Coach Bob Wease

The 2021 season marks coach Bob Wease’s 31st year as President and General Manager of  the Turks  and his 19th as Head Coach. Over that span, Wease has compiled a record of  490-317 and a  winning percentage of .607%. The Turks have  won the VBL pennant three out of the last seven years most recently won the Championship in 2012. The Turks were ranked nationally by Perfect Game;  4th in the country in 2011, 12th in 2012 and 7th in 2013. 

Wease was the Head Coach of the 2018 Valley Baseball League All-Star Prospect Team that traveled to Kannapolis, NC to compete in the Southern Collegiate Showcase for the second year. The showcase featured the Southern Collegiate League, Valley Baseball League, Cal Ripken Collegiate League, Sunbelt League and Florida Collegiate Summer League. The VBL played the Florida League and tied 5-5 and the next day they beat the Sun Belt League 6-4. The VBL is the only league out of the five to go undefeated 3-0-1 over the last two years of the showcase.

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 7 year VBL career in 1960 for the Harrisonburg Turks, then with New Market Rebels in 1961-63. 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. In 2016 Wease was inducted into the inaugural year of the Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame as a player, an honor that Wease is very proud of. 

Coach Wease treasures his memories of the players that have played on the field of Veterans Memorial Park, watching their careers both in and out of baseball, and seeing the type of quality men that they have become. He maintains relationships with many of them that have gone on to coach at the college ranks and has sent players back to Harrisonburg to play. Coach Wease values the friendships that have been made all across the country of the players and their families that he’s had the privilege to  know over the years. He enjoys staying in touch with them and hearing about the next path their journey has taken them.

The 2020 Valley Baseball League season was cancelled due to the COVID virus.  However, Coach Wease returned to his roots in the Rockingham County Baseball League for a shortened season and was the assistant coach of the Broadway Bruins. Wease used his connections and recruited the JMU players that he had signed to play for the 2020 Turks to join the Bruins. The Bruins had a stellar season finishing up with a regular season record of 16-5, a 11-2 playoff record and won the 2020 RCBL Championship crown. It was a historical season for the Bruins as it was the first time since 1931 that they won the Regular Season Pennant and first time since 1982 they won a Championship.

Coach Wease resides in Harrisonburg where he has owned and operated Wease Auto Exchange for 44 years.  He  is married to Teresa Wease. Together the couple have worked tirelessly since 1990 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.


Assistant Coach Luke Scherzer

Luke Scherzer will take the reins as the Pitching Coach for the 2021 season. Scherzer began his coaching career with the Turks in 2019 as the Assistant Pitching Coach and did a fine job.

Scherzer is in his second season as Pitching Coach for the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears.

Scherzer spent 6 years playing baseball at Virginia Tech. The right-hand pitcher was sidelined not once, but twice by Tommy John surgeries, which lead him to miss two of his collegiate seasons. He earned his Bachelors degree with a double major in Sociology and Criminology. Most recently, Luke earned a Masters degree in Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech.

Scherzer spent two seasons playing with the Harrisonburg Turks, in 2014, and 2018. He also played for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League in 2015, and was a member of the Cape Cod All-Star Team.

The Powhatan, VA native enjoys hanging out with friends and family, hunting, fishing, and playing golf. 


Assistant Coach Marcus Rodriguez

Marcus Rodriguez returns for his third season as Assistant Coach with the Turks and his fourth in the Valley Baseball League. He was an assistant coach with the Staunton Braves in 2017 and he played for the Braves in 2016. 

The Anaheim, California native played his college baseball career for former Valley League Coach Lawrence Nesselrodt at West Virginia Tech. 

Marcus is currently teaching at North Marion High School in Ocala, Florida and is the assistant coach for the varsity baseball team.