Owner Gerald Harman
Gerald Harman is entering his first season as Team President of the Harrisonburg Turks. A native of Mount Solon, VA, Harman went to his first Valley League game in 1974, when the Turks hosted the New Market Rebels. He’s been involved in the league since the fall of 2003 when he became the recruiting coordinator for the Luray Wranglers. Since then, he’s worked with three more VBL teams, (Staunton Braves, Waynesboro Generals, and Woodstock River Bandits) and is a member of the VBL Hall of Fame committee. Outside of the Valley League, Harman is a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, collects sports cards and memorabilia, and enjoys being with his family. He’s the youngest of three sons and has one nephew, two nieces, four great nephews, three great nieces and one great, great niece. He’s also engaged to Lisa Clark. We are very excited to have Gerald as our Team President this season and beyond!
PA Announcer Curt Dudley
Curt Dudley, who was inducted into the Valley League Hall of Fame in 2021, has been associated with the Harrisonburg Turks his entire professional career following graduation from Bridgewater College in 1983. That makes this summer his 41st summer with the organization.
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. He began his public address duties in 1986 when he shared the microphone with Mike Schikman, another voice of the valley. 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 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, as 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 baseball Dukes five years after they had appeared in the College World Series. Dudley has worked with and covered every JMU sports program throughout the years as a reporter, publicist, historian and since 2007 the video all-sports voice of the Dukes.
Dudley retired from full-time status at JMU in 2021, but remains actively involved in the sports information and production industry. He teaches a broadcasting class at JMU and works closely every semester with a group of students who aspire to work in the profession. He remains the video play-by-play voice of football, men’s and women’s basketball and shares the roll for other sports. As JMU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, those productions are aired on ESPN+.
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. For Turks, Valley League and other baseball notes, follow him on Twitter @CDudleyBaseball.
Dudley received the 2018 JMU Unseen Hero Award recognizing his work efforts and his dedication outside of the public spotlight.
Admissions Cathy and Luke Davis
Cathy Davis and her son Luke return to JMU Veterans Memorial Stadium for the 2023 season at the admissions gate welcoming fans and selling tickets to the game. They have been long-time Turks fans and love the game of baseball.
Trainer Hannah Lawrence
Hannah Lawrence returns for another season as the Turks athletic trainer.
Hannah is no stranger to Valley League Baseball as she worked with the New Market Rebels from 2013-2019.
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. When COVID hit, Hannah was hired at Merck & Co. in Elkton, VA as the Health Manager. She managed the construction workers at Merck with their health questions, injury prevention, wellness, and nutrition. She monitored and made sure that all workers were following COVID guidelines while on site.
In August 2021 she was hired by Augusta County Schools as the athletic trainer at Waynesboro High School.
Marketing & Social Media Intern Elizabeth Helmich
Elizabeth returns for another season with the Turks as the social media and marketing intern following her first year with the team in 2022.
As the social media and marketing intern, Elizabeth is responsible for managing all of the Turks social media platforms, creating graphics, updating the website, running the music at home games, and tweeting out live in-game updates.
Outside of the Turks, Elizabeth is a rising senior at James Madison University from Plymouth, Minnesota. She is majoring in creative advertising and minoring in sports communication. Elizabeth also competes on the JMU volleyball team as a right-side hitter.
Photographer William Revere
William is a rising senior from Hartfield, Virginia. He is a sports and recreation management major with a business minor. He has spent two years with JMU athletics photography, photographing every sport the university offers.
Scouting Analytics Intern Taylor Hankins
Taylor will be joining the Turks for the 2023 season as the scouting analysis intern.
She will aid with creating scouting reports, analyzing team and opponent statistics, and in-game operations.
Hailing from Luray, Virginia, Taylor is a rising junior at James Madison University. She is majoring in intelligence analysis and minoring in criminal justice. Taylor also previously competed for the JMU softball team as a pitcher in 2022.
Staff Writer Intern Jackson Hephner
We are excited to welcome Jackson to the 2023 team as the staff writer intern.
Jackson will be in charge of writing home game recaps, special interest articles promoting sponsored games and Turks appearances. He will also be responsible for providing press releases about Turks players to their university’s SID and conducting interviews with players and coaches.
Jackson is a journalism major and sports communication minor at James Madison University. He has spent two years with the Marching Royal Dukes, is a brother in Kappa Kappa Psi, and is on the staff for The Breeze as a sports writer.
Webcast Broadcaster Will Locklin
Will is joining the Turks broadcasting team for the 2023 season.
He brings a variety of experience to the Turks including working for the DC Grays as a broadcaster and PA announcer, getting involved with student-run and professional organizations, as well as writing feature stories for Virginia Tech Athletics.
Will is from Herndon, Virginia and is a junior studying journalism at Virginia Tech.
Webcast Broadcaster Yasser Perez
The Turks are excited to welcome Harrisonburg native Yasser Perez to broadcasting team for the 2023 season.
He has previous experience as the public address announcer for the Clover Hill Bucks of the Rockingham Country Baseball League (RCBL) for the past 3 seasons. Yasser is a rising senior at James Madison University and is majoring in communications with a minor in sports communication.