Galbraith left the school Thursday, according to Cobb County School District spokesman Doug Goodwin. He leaves the football team in the hands of longtime Hoyas coach Bruce Cobleigh, who will finish out the season as the interim head coach.
At this point, it is unclear if Galbraith was fired, or if he resigned his position. Goodwin would only confirm that Galbraith was no longer an employee of the school.
Calls to Galbraith and Cobleigh seeking comment were not returned. A secretary for Harrison principal Donnie Griggers deferred comment to school district officials.
The 62-year-old Galbraith was hired in March to replace former coach David Hines, who stepped down in November.
Galbraith came to Harrison after spending six years as a special teams coach for the Tennessee Titans. He also spent time over a 37-year coaching career as an offensive coordinator at Duke, North Carolina State and Marshall.
Galbraith did have head-coaching experience at the high school level, and in Cobb County. He went 19-11 at Lassiter from 1995-97.
Galbraith’s hiring capped a five-month national search and was applauded by school administrators, alumni, parents and players alike.
“We’re happy to have Marty as our new coach,” Harrison’s then-athletic director, Jerry Meuschke, told the Marietta Daily Journal in March. “It’s been a long episode in trying to find one, but the kids and parents are really excited about trying to start a new chapter.”
That chapter lasted seven games into Galbraith’s first season with the Hoyas.
He left one day before Harrison (4-3, 3-2) was to play Hillgrove (4-3, 3-2) in a key Region 4AAAAAA game with playoff implications. The winner of the game remains squarely in the race for one of the region’s four playoff spots, with the loser likely to miss the postseason.
The 61-year-old Cobleigh returned to Harrison’s coaching staff this fall as Galbraith’s offensive coordinator, five years after stepping down as head coach to spend time with family.
Cobleigh launched Harrison’s football program as the school opened in 1992, spending 16 seasons at the helm with a record of 125-58. That included four region championships and a runner-up finish to Parkview in the 2000 Class AAAAA state finals.
In honor of building the Harrison program from the ground up, and making it into a consistent winner, the school’s stadium was renamed in Cobleigh’s honor during the 2008 season.