The school was left in this position after the Oct. 24 resignation of Marty Galbraith, due to allegations of his inappropriate conduct around female staff members, according to documents obtained by the Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Bruce Cobleigh, who launched the Harrison football program in 1993 and retired after the 2007 season, took over as the interim head for the remainder of the season. Cobleigh had rejoined the staff as Galbraith’s offensive coordinator before the 2012 season.
Harrison principal Donnie Griggers said the school has received interest from many candidates — from inside and outside of the state — since the job’s posting. He didn’t give a timetable on when a new coach would be hired.
“We’re working on it,” Griggers said. “We hope to get one in here as soon as possible, but we’re going to take as long as we need to.”
One thing Griggers does know for sure — Cobleigh has no interest in again becoming the head coach on a full-time basis.
Harrison was a consistently competitive program during Cobleigh’s original tenure, compiling a 125-58 record and four region titles in his 16 seasons at the helm. In 2000, the Hoyas were Class AAAAA state runner-up.
After Cobleigh’s retirement from coaching, offensive line coach David Hines took over for the 2008 season. Hines led the Hoyas to a 9-3 record and the second round of the state playoffs in his first year, but he failed to produce another winning season before stepping down following the 2011 last season.
Harrison went 22-21 under Hines, also reaching the playoffs in 2010.
The Hoyas’ struggles of recent years could point toward a shift of talent in west Cobb, due to the opening of Hillgrove and Allatoona over the last six years.
Harrison appeared to be going in the right direction under Galbraith, a former head coach at Lassiter who had extensive experience and a college assistant and most recently was on the staff of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
The Hoyas were 4-3 and still in the Class AAAAAA state playoff hunt when Galbraith stepped down, but they stumbled in the games following his departure and went go on to lose by an average of 35 points to Hillgrove, McEachern and Marietta — all of whom made the playoffs.
And now Harrison is back to square one.
“I’m looking at whoever sends a resume,” Griggers said. “There has been a lot of interest.”