Turks Staff

Head Coach – Bob Wease

After 32 years as the Turks President and General Manager, Bob Wease sold the team to Gerald Harman. 

Bob Wease will remain and enter his 21st season as Head Coach 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 46 years.

He was active in coaching youth baseball and football teams through the recreation department and he was also the assistant baseball coach for 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 20th 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.

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PA Announcer – 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 41st 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 in 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 his 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.

In July 2021, Curt was inducted into the Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame in recognition of his years of service and contribution to the VBL and the Harrisonburg Turks organization. The Turks are blessed to have such a talented professional and committed friend in Curt. 

 

Webcast Play-By-Play 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admissions Gate – 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Zone – Ann Johnson

We’re so excited to have Ann Johnson return to the Turks merchandise stand for her third season. Stop by the Fan Zone and Ann will take care of all your Turks gear fashion needs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athletic 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.

Hannah is a great asset to our organization and we look forward to her caring for the  2023 Turks.

 

Team Doctor – Dr. Robert C. Kime III

Dr. Kime is an orthopedist in Harrisonburg and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Augusta Health-Fishersville and Sentara RMH Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Kime has been with the Turks looking out for our players for years. He loves baseball and being in the dugout with the team gives him enjoyment when he’s not looking after his patients at Hess Orthopaedic Center.

 

 

 

 

 

2023 Interns

 

Social Media/Marketing InternElizabeth 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 volleyball team as an outside hitter.

 

 

 

 

Scouting Analysis 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.