Head Coach Bob Wease

The 2018th season marks coach  Bob Wease’s 28th year as President and General Manager of  the Turks  and his 17th as Head Coach. Over that span, Wease has compiled a record of  444-271 and a  winning percentage of .621%. The 2017 Turks finished with a record of 21-23. The Turks have  won the VBL pennant four out of the last five years and ranked nationally by Perfect Game;  4th in the country in 2011,  12th in 2012 and 7th in 2013. 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 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. 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 Southern Collegiate League first and pitched a shutout to open the showcase with a 6-0 win. The VBL faced Cal Ripken next and scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 3-2 win. The VBL was originally slated to play a championship game, but with rain delays shortened the schedule and the VBL returned home undefeated 2-0.  

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 1961 for the Harrisonburg Turks, then with New Market Rebels in 1962-63. 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. 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.

Coach Wease resides in Harrisonburg where he has owned and operated Wease Auto Exchange for 41 years.  He  is married to Teresa Wease. Together the couple have worked tirelessly 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.

Associate Head Coach George Laase
A new addition to the coaching staff this year is Valley League veteran George Laase, who will be entering his 11th season in the league.  George will be serving as the Associate Head Coach for the Turks. 

Coach Laase was the former manager of the Staunton Braves for the past five seasons, leading them to the playoffs each summer, culminating in a Southern Division Pennant, Valley League Championship Runner-Up, and ranking as high as the 7th best team in the country during the summer of 2015.  George also served as an assistant coach for the Braves for four seasons, and played for the Braves in 2003, helping them win the Southern Division Pennant.  This past summer, Laase was selected to be the pitching coach of the Valley League Prospect Team, headed by the Turks own manager Bob Wease, who were co-champions and undefeated in the Showcase Games held in Kannapolis, NC. 

George played baseball at Division II Fairmont State University, where he was a four-year starter at second base, becoming only the 10th player in school history to have a career batting average of .400 or higher. 

Laase is currently employed by Staunton City Schools as the Virtual Learning Coordinator at R.E. Lee High school, where he serves as the head varsity baseball coach, and an assistant coach for football and volleyball.  His hobbies include spending time with his friends and family, attending sporting events, eating Italian food, and attending live music concerts.  He resides in Staunton with his girlfriend and mastiff named Moose. 

“I thoroughly enjoy everything that the Valley League stands for.  To be able to work with the next generation, to help them chase their dreams in hopes of hearing their names get the call on draft day, it’s what we are all here for.  I am looking forward to working with Hall of Fame Coach Bob Wease and the entire Turks organization, representing all of those who came before and everyone who will come after, as well as the beautiful city of Harrisonburg,” said Laase.

Coach Wease says, “It’s a honor and privilege to have George join the Turks. I’ve watched George for years and he’s a very knowledgeable baseball guy.  We’ve worked together during Valley League All-Star games and had a great time at the Showcase Games in Kannapolis, NC last summer. He’s got a true heart for young athletes and establishes good relationships with them. Players respect him and enjoy playing for him. I look forward to having George in the Turks dugout by my side.”

Bench Coach Mark Klosinski

Bench Coach Mark Klosinski is in his 12th 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! 

In his spare time Klosinski is an avid runner, and enjoys hiking and biking. 

Coach Klosinski resides in Harrisonburg. He is married to Lisa Klosinski. The couple has a son Kyle, daughter Greta and son-in-law Chase and granddog Ellie.