Harrison coach resigned amid allegations of improper conduct
by John Bednarowski
sportseditor@mdjonline.com
November 14, 2012 01:09 AM | 32253 views | 24 24 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marty Galbraith resigned suddenly on Oct. 24 with three games left in the regular season.
Marty Galbraith resigned suddenly on Oct. 24 with three games left in the regular season.
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KENNESAW — Former Harrison High School head football coach Marty Galbraith was being investigated on allegations of inappropriate conduct when he resigned from his post on Oct. 24, the Journal has learned.

According to documents obtained by the Journal through an Open Records request, at least six female administrators, teachers and associates at Harrison complained to school administrators about Galbraith being “over flirtatious,” or, in the most extreme cases, making lewd sexual gestures or making “unwelcome and unsolicited contact.”

When reached for comment, Galbraith offered only a statement.

“I resigned because I thought it was in the best interest of the kids and the (football) program,” he said. “The allegations are greatly exaggerated, and I deny any serious wrongdoing.”

The MDJ reviewed a recorded interview conducted by Cobb County School District investigators and Harrison principal Donnie Griggers with Galbraith. The former Harrison coach said he was “blindsided” by the allegations, saying, “I’d never do anything to harm (the administrators, teachers and/or associates), or make them uncomfortable, but obviously I have.”

Staff members reported two incidents to school officials the week before Galbraith resigned. In the first, around noon on Oct. 16 in one of the high school hallways, Galbraith allegedly directed a gesture simulating oral sex to a female teacher.

During the interview, Galbraith initially denied making the gesture, but when confronted with the fact it was on video, he said he didn’t know why he did it and agreed it was inappropriate.

In the second incident, which occurred in late September but wasn’t reported until after the Oct. 16 accusation, Galbraith allegedly entered a conference room where an administrator was sitting, put his hands on her shoulders, said, “Good, there are no cameras in this room,” and kissed her neck.

The 62-year old Galbraith admits putting his hands on the administrator’s shoulder, but denies that he kissed her.

Written statements regarding the complaints were signed Oct. 22, Galbraith had the interview with investigators and was put on paid administrative leave the following day, and he submitted his resignation Oct. 24.

Other complaints regarding Galbraith’s “over flirtatious” behavior accused him of putting his arm around a female teacher on several occasions, telling her she was “bad and needed a spanking,” telling another staff member that if she were not married the two of them would get together, and looking at a staff member’s backside as she walked past him.

Galbraith was hired by Harrison last spring after a national search to replace former Hoyas’ coach David Hines. This was Galbraith’s third high school job in Cobb County. In 1994, he was an assistant coach at Pope before becoming the head coach at Lassiter a year later. In three seasons with the Trojans, Galbraith posted a 19-11 record.

He coached the Hoyas’ first seven games of this season and had a record of 4-3 before his resignation.

Bruce Cobleigh assumed the head coaching job on an interim basis and coached Harrison’s final three games.

Before returning to Cobb County, Galbraith had spent many years as a college and professional assistant coach. His last job before Harrison was a six-year stint as a special teams coach for the Tennessee Titans.
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Mike F.
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November 22, 2012
At least he was touching the ladies, and not the boys. We'd feel a lot worse with a Sandusky type scandal.

I think the program should go dormant for 4-6 years, and then re-colonize. This is done when college fraternities need a turn-around. We can take the money from the football program, and channel it to academics. Harrison lags behind 3-4 other CCSD High Schools in SAT/ACT scores.
Subject Change
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November 16, 2012
Soooo, enough about football. Who's ready for lacrosse season?
FB Mom
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November 16, 2012
My son is going to be attending Harrison next year and will most likely be playing football. Mr. Griggers and CCSD - PLEASE find a coach who is knowledgable on football (of course) but is a role model whom we as parents will want our sons to be around and coached by. It would be nice if we could get someone who is willing to put with Harrison for the next 5 years or so. Good Luck finding that person....
coachwife
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November 15, 2012
Tons of qualified "local" coaches right here in the area! Maybe Harrison will give some second looks to the VERY qualified coaches that applied last year!
Nokidshere
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November 15, 2012
Really people. Thank you Mr Griggers and others for doing the right thing. Who would want this guy (who has admitted wrong) around young people. Moral issues, disrespect of women, abuse of position and who knows how his behavior would continue. I feel sorry for the team it's not their fault but hopefully they learned how a man should not act. I feel bad for the women who are victims. They didn't deserve it.
Harrison Parent
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November 15, 2012
I am not a foogball parent but was at every game. There were a lot of on field issues that did not look good this year. Way too many turnovers, defense that could not do anything with a passing offense. If this was the result of national search then it is good if they clean house and start over. I think Coach Cobleigh needs to be left out of the next equation. He is a good man and good coach but it is time to move on and if he not involved there can be no talk of his interferece and the AD should not be on the coaching staff either. Something is not right in the program.
Dinosaur Sighting
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November 15, 2012
Did you even read the article or did you just see the words "harrison" and "football" and decide to comment? This isn't about their defense or turnovers. This is aboout the vile treatment and sexual harrassment of women. You're ignoring the real issues is almost, but not quite, as disgusting as the allegations themselves. Move along - their are grownups in here discussing the actual matters at hand.
Cobb Native
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November 16, 2012
Well glad Dinosaur sighting showed the adult side of things. Point is that someone did not do a thorough job of vetting the coach. This kind of stuff does not just begin when somene is his age. I think the seach was so hung up on having professional experience that they either missed or overlooked the warning signs.
HQ?
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November 14, 2012
At what point does the county A.D. become accountable? Two disasterous, football coaching hires in a row at two high schools within 5 miles of each other. I'm sure the HHS disaster will cost county taxpayers millions in lawsuits.

Total incompetence. People need to be fired.
ed the plumber
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November 15, 2012
HQ

How about we just get rid of all HS sports and get our kids ready to face the real world? I bet you wear a work out suit all the time...
HQ?
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November 16, 2012
ed the plumber

Gosh darn it Ed, pull up your pants. We can see your crack. No bueno. Durrrrrr.
RobertsCt
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November 14, 2012
Not buying it either. He's a great man and cares about his program. He's a like able guy who always jokes around to keep morale high. Lets face it...he was doomed from the get go. He upset the AD, principal, and cobleigh because he wanted it done his way, not their way. Sounds to me like a trap was built to get him out of there. The media and administration can put any spin they want on it to shame his name. Harrison is a sad place. So is the administration and Griggers.
footballr
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November 14, 2012
they need to get a young up and comer from the area who will rebuild and stay with the program for yrs to come. and stay out of their way.

MomOf2Hoyas
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November 14, 2012
It is very sad. Having a senior and sophomore I can say those boys had been in a toxic environment with a "local" coach for the last 3 years. Harrison has lost 7 stand-out players from graduation years 2013-2016 in the previous 2 years. This year was supposed to be different.....and it was for a while. So sad we picked the wrong guy and have to start all over again. The seniors got the raw end of the deal. Now the kids who are left, have to start all over again. Our sophomores have only lost 5 games in 6 years together. They have the ablitly to be a fantastic team......we just need a good leader, are there really any out there?
nyc7980
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November 14, 2012
I don't believe this for one second! I played football at Lassiter in the mid to late 90's for Coach Galbraith. There is no way this happened. Not buying it.
This is sad
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November 14, 2012
Old Marietta, I am sure the question about his tendencies to sexually harass women did not come up in his interview. What happened is very sad and sick. Yet again the boys participating in the program are the ones that suffer, as well as, the whole Cobb community. Why you had to make such a sick comment is also sad. Do you feel better now? Did you get your spitefulness off your chest?
Should've been asked
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November 14, 2012
I'm sad Harrison lost another coach but how does somebody his age suddenly become a sexual harasser? Surely his references were checked and almost as surely, this cute little bit of his personality was swept under the rug.
Old Marietta
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November 14, 2012
All the Hoya people need to remember this guy was hired as a result of a "national search" and was trusted to restore the football program to prominence. How has that worked out for you?

I am sure he was an inspiration to your children....not to mention your women. Daddyball.
Get It Right
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November 14, 2012
Hoya Fans,

Get it right this time around and stay close to home. There are quality head coaches already in Cobb County who can get you where you want to be.
coach in cobb
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November 14, 2012
Thats just Harrison, they think they're better than eveyrone else so they had to do "National Search" rather than a "local search". There are plenty of very qualified asst coaches in and around the area that could get Harrison back where it needs to be.

Nobody cares that you got a "NFL" guy or did a "National search".

Get somebody that knows the area, knows the level of football in the area and is ready to be a head coach.
@CoachInCobb
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November 14, 2012
I don't know what your talking about, we stayed local the first time we hired a new head coach after coach Cobleigh retired and that coach was Coach Hines. If we could have gone local I'm sure we would have, but I don't think anyone wanted the job
The TAINT Remains
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November 15, 2012
MDJ wrote - “This was Galbraith’s third high school job in Cobb County. In 1994, he was an assistant coach at Pope before becoming the head coach at Lassiter a year later.”

Harrison got a “local” guy if you can believe the “investigative” reporting of the MDJ. Lassiter was a favorite of a past superintendent. Bet this guy was one of his buddies. Reward your friends forget about competency. Remember the Bynum sexual harassment case? Remember who hired him? You draw your own conclusions…

@@CoachinCobb
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November 15, 2012
Thats my point, I know many fellow coaches in the area that would love to be the Harrison Head Coach, some are qualified and some arent. Sure, once it was announced that it was National Search, Im sure several coaches turned away from it, not from "not wanting the job" but more felt that HHS turned there nose up on them.

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