Turks Staff

President and General Manager Bob Wease

Bob Wease enters his 31st season as President and General Manager of the Harrisonburg Turks. Over those years, he has developed strong relationships with college coaches across the country and gained their respect and trust to continuously send their players to Harrisonburg every summer. He recruits from top-level DI head coaches that once played for the Turks.

Wease has been involved in the business world his entire life in the Harrisonburg community. He has owned and operated Wease Auto for the last 44 years.

He has was active in coaching youth baseball and football teams through the recreation department and he was also the assistant baseball coach one year at Harrisonburg High School.
He was a player coach for many years in the local Rockingham County Baseball League. In 2012 Wease was inducted into the RCBL Hall of Fame. Wease is also in his 19th year as the head coach of the Harrisonburg Turks. He played in the Valley Baseball League with a number of different teams for 8 years. In 2016 Wease was inducted into the first class of the Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame as a player.

In 2020 when the Valley Baseball League season was canceled due to COVID, Wease was recruited to return to the Rockingham County League to help coach the Broadway Bruins. Wease used his connections from the players he had signed for the Turks from James Madison to bolster the roster. The Bruins had an outstanding season, winning the regular season with a 16-5 record and then winning the 2020 RCBL Championship. It was the first time Broadway had won a championship in 80 years. The Bruins standout from James Madison University, outfielder Chase Delauter collected multiple accolades by winning the Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Championship Series MVP for the season.

Bob is married to Teresa Miller Wease. The couple has 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

Operations Manager Teresa Wease

For many years Teresa Wease was happy just being known as the Turks Team Mom. She and her children ran the concession stand and greeted the Turks fans making sure they enjoyed coming to the games. As the years went on and the demands running the team expanded, Teresa’s participation also increased. Eventually, it was necessary to find a title for her. Considering the wide variety of tasks, being tagged the Operations Manager made sense since she worked to make sure all the gears of the well-oiled Turks machine worked together. She is responsible for advertising and marketing the team, selling sponsorships, scheduling special events, and creation Friday Family Fun Nights, developing the partnership with the Massanutten Regional Library Summer Reading Program, all game-day operations, concessions, and merchandise stands. Teresa values and cherishes all the amazing friendships that she and Bob have made over the last 31 years with #TurksNation players, their families, and our wonderful fans. Her pride and joy are her children and grandchildren. Spending time with them is her favorite thing to do.


Voice of the Turks Curt Dudley

Curt Dudley’s association with the Harrisonburg Turks organization has paralleled his entire professional career following graduation from Bridgewater College in 1983. This will be his 37th summer season with the
team.

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dudley first served as the official scorekeeper for the Turks a month after earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bridgewater. His first season of public address was 1986 when he shared the microphone with another voice of the valley, Mike Schikman. He became the primary public address voice of the Turks one year later and has held that role ever since. He also served the Valley Baseball League as its chief statistician for a decade, helping the organization transition to the digital age with computer scorekeeping and an internet presence.

Dudley has worked in collegiate athletics since his first weeks on the Bridgewater campus in the fall of 1979. While a B.C. student, he was the Sports Information Director for the Eagles, and ultimately convinced college officials to hire him as the SID upon his graduation. It was not a full-time sports gig, however, he split time as an Admissions Counselor. He moved full-time into the sports realm in the spring of 1988, becoming the SID for Coach Brad Babcock and the James Madison Dukes five years after they had appeared in the College World Series. Dudley also worked with other JMU teams throughout the years as their publicist and historian.

Dudley can be heard on broadcasts of JMU sports events on the JMU/Glo Fiber Radio Network on the internet video and audio source known as MadiZONE HD Sports Net, which is presented by the JMU Alumni Association. He has held the title of Director of Multimedia Communications for the Dukes since 2006. Dudley blends his years of knowledge and contacts into multiple methods of distributing information, with the goal of keeping fans, current students, and former Dukes engaged with the university. Some of those methods are also employed in keeping Turks fans informed. Dudley teaches at JMU in the Sports Communications minor and works closely every semester with a group of students who aspire to work in the sports industry.

Dudley received the 2018 JMU Unseen Hero Award recognizing his work efforts and his dedication outside of the public spotlight. The Turks are blessed to have such a talented professional and committed friend in Curt. 

 

Internet Webcast Play-by-Play Shelton Moss

The Turks welcome Shelton Moss to the broadcast microphone for the 2021 season. Shelton is a second-generation Virginia Tech Hokie. He earned his degree in Sports Media and Analytics. He also built his broadcasting resume by calling the games at Virginia Tech for the student-driven 3304 Sports under the tutelage of broadcasting legend Bill Roth.

Shelton, born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, was a graduate of St. Christopher’s School. He considers himself a Twitter connoisseur and an analytics king. In his spare time, he is a diehard lover of D.C. sports.

We are pleased to have Shelton join the Turks organization. We look forward to a great season with him in the broadcast booth as he brings the action, sights, and sounds of the games into your living room to enjoy.

Webcast Intern Jordan Simal

Jordan Simal is a 27-year old soon-to-be JMU Media Arts and Design graduate. He’s also a veteran of the United States Navy and served in the 2017 USS Nimitz deployment to the Middle East. Throughout his life, he’s always been a strong sports fan but has always had a soft spot and deep passion for baseball. He’s covered both RCBL and JMU Baseball games in the past for The Breeze and served as a color commentator for the Valley Baseball League last summer on YouTube during the league’s 20/20 Rewind Season with Graham Knight. This past year; he was also promoted at JMU to Breeze TV’s Senior Sports Reporter position, where he’s since covered even more of JMU Athletics. He plans on staying in Harrisonburg to cover the VBL, the Turks, and the Shenandoah Valley as a local journalist for man years to come.

Be sure to tune in to an exciting summer of Turks baseball being shared over the internet airwaves with Shelton and Jordan. 

Admissions Gate Cathy and Luke Davis  

Cathy Davis and her son Luke are excited to join the Turks staff at the gate welcoming fans and selling tickets to the game. They have been long-time Turks fans and love the game of baseball. 

 

 

 


Grill Master, John Huddle 

Concession Supervisor, Audrey Knupp and the Turkettes

John Huddle fixes the most delicious Huddle burgers, Huddle dogs, chicken, and fries in the Valley.

Audrey Knupp and her supportive Turkettes staff are the epitomai of “Service with a Smile”. They greet our fans and provide great service.

 

 

Merchandise, Ann Johnson

We’re excited to have Ann Johnson join the Turks for her second season.  She will take care of all your Turks gear fashion needs in the merchandise stand. Stop by and purchase your new Turks t-shirt, cap, or sweatshirt.  

 

 

 

Athletic Trainer Hannah Lawrence 

We welcome Hannah Lawrence as our new athletic trainer. Hannah is no stranger to Valley League Baseball as she has worked with the New Market Rebels since 2013. 

Hannah got her degree from Bridgewater College in 2014. After graduation, she worked as a part-time athletic trainer for Christendom College from 2014-2016. She has served as the head athletic trainer for Madison County High School from 2016 to 2020. She now works at Merck  & Co. in Elkton, VA as the Health Manager. She manages the construction workers at Merck with their health questions, injury prevention, wellness, and nutrition. She also monitors and makes sure that all workers are following COVID guidelines while on site.

Hannah will be a great asset to the team and we look forward to her caring for the  2021 Turks.

 

Team Doctor Dr. Robert C. Kime III
Hess Orthopaedic Center
434-1664

 

 

 

 

2021 Interns:

Staff Writer Intern –  Brien Krug
Marketing/Social Media Intern – Madeline Rohmeyer
“Funtern” and Game Day Operations Interns – Austen Delnicki, Cameron McManus,  and Abby Rowe
Internet Webcast Color Man Intern –  Jordan Simal
Official Scorer –  John Payne
Scoreboard – Aiden McNierney

Photography Intern –