Galbraith out, Cobleigh back in at Harrison

By Fletcher Proctor

For the AJC

Harrison fans will see a familiar face running the football program on an interim basis after Marty Galbraith left the Harrison program Thursday morning. Cobb County School District Communications Specialist Doug Goodwin confirmed this morning that Galbraith is no longer with the program, citing an personal matter. He would not comment further.

Goodwin also confirmed that Bruce Cobleigh will take over as interim head coach until a new permanent coaching hire can be made. He did not have a timeline for that, saying it was a decision that would be made by Harrison High School. The high school had no comment this morning on the situation.

Galbraith was hired before the year, taking over for David Hines. He led Harrison to a 4-3 mark including victories against Woodstock, Campbell, Pebblebrook and Kennesaw Mountain. He was 3-2 in region play but lost last week at home to South Cobb. Galbraith was returning to Georgia high school football after spending time at the college and pro level. He was formerly a coach at Lassiter.

Cobleigh will resume head coaching duties after coaching at the school for 16 seasons, with a 125-58 record. Cobleigh led the Hoyas to the playoffs 12 times, producing a winning record in 13 of 16 seasons. The 2000 team reached the state finals before losing to Parkview. The school named the stadium after him following his initial retirement from coaching in 2007. He returned to the sidelines this season to serve as offensive coordinator for Galbraith.

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OMacG

October 25th, 2012
12:05 pm

Odd timing- hope all is well with Coach Galbraith. With Cobleigh already being the OC, seems like it would be a simple transition to finish out the year but a tough adjustment for the players, regardless.

Over the past few seasons, some Hoya supporters have screamed that the talent is still there but the coaching is missing…most outside of HHS do not see it that way. I guess we’ll find out with Coach C back in the lead…

Rufus69

October 25th, 2012
12:21 pm

We all know that the Injuns want NOTHING but the best for the Hoyas…(Smile). Lime Sink does wish Coach Galbraith well. Oh, and the Hoyas too.

Rufus>>

Leftfor money

October 25th, 2012
12:22 pm

Who didn’t see this coming? Either Cobleigh needs to be the HC, or he needs to leave the school completely because with him hovering around no coach worth his salt will take that job. I bet the “personal” matter was helicopter Bruce.

OMacG

October 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

Rufus, you lobbed it up there…so I’m gonna try to drive it into the terrace level: for the sake of our region strength – and my personal desire to see HoyaMan return to GAVSV – the Injuns just want a competitive rivalry in football to exist again.

The Hoyas can do it- they are actually experiencing the exact same thing we went through: a down talent cycle followed by the opening of a new high school (Allatoona). No surprise that both Hillgrove and Allatoona got very competitive, very quick. Good coaching hires and a heap of well-prepared players coming up from the junior ranks.

intheknow

October 25th, 2012
1:27 pm

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intheknow

October 25th, 2012
1:30 pm

Wow, if it’s not one thing it’s another. This will mark the beginning of the end of this program ever being significant in their region. The junior program is going down with athletes going to other programs in the region and beyond. This program needs athletes and it finds a way to run them off with favoritism and politics. Get a hold of your foundation and this school will find a way back to prominence

slim065

October 25th, 2012
2:49 pm

Galbraith and Cobleigh are pretty good friends from what I read when he was hired, so you almost have to think it is a health-related issue in the family. Obviously we may never know the exact reason, but hope everything works out ok.

For Cobb football as a whole it would be nice to see Harrison get back to, or at least close to, where they once were.

Da Hoya's

October 25th, 2012
3:24 pm

I can tell why he left, once your in the NFL, there are benefits that can last your lifetime if you have enough years under your belt, he was close, dont be surprised if he has a deal with the league in some capacity to gain the last few years before he is “set”. And I hate it for all the Hoya’s, NOT, all we heard for MONTHS was this “NFL” guy, We’re back bc we have a “NFL” guy now. It dont matter if he coached Da Bears, its still Harrison.

Cobb County insider

October 25th, 2012
5:24 pm

I heard he was doing the Bobby Petrino minus the Harley Davidson….

True Native

October 25th, 2012
9:13 pm

@ Rufus69. I find your comment very offensive, “We Injun’s”!. For one thing you are not Indian and you never will be. It’s like me posting a comment about a black person, and calling the N word. I am a full blooded Native American who hates that McEachern uses the Indian’s as a mascot. It’s knuckleheads like you that need to know what words are offensive, so please keep your stupid comments to yourself. Stop trying to pretend you are an Indian, because you never will be.
So sorry to everyone else that I posted this. I just couldn’t let this knucklehead get away with a comment like that.

harry

October 25th, 2012
9:47 pm

cobb county insider may be heading in the right direction.

Wearin' feathers?

October 25th, 2012
10:55 pm

@true native, Injun, is not a racial or ethnic slur as you want it to be. It was a convention of the word indigenous which describes a group of people that inhabit a geographical area. It’s a blog, Dummy.

Stop trying to pretend you are a native american. Truth is – your DNA can be traced back to Africa just like the rest of us. What makes you think you’re special? If this blog ruffles your feathers you should get back on your horse and ride off in the sunset. HiOh Silver Away!!

First Down Creek!!!!

October 25th, 2012
11:38 pm

Hopefully, Deuce White will get more than the one carry he got last week now that the coach has moved on. Makes no sense that the starting RB doesn’t get to carry the ball.

cobbknowsfootballtoo

October 26th, 2012
11:43 am

You know…this story is supposed to be about the head coaching change, not someone’s misinterpretation of a mascot name. I have forever not understood why people get so offended when a team uses a term such as chiefs, braves, fighting sioux, indians, warriors, redskins, or any other name. I don’t hear people living in the west getting upset at the “Cowboys”. I think we have taken this being “politically correct” too far. In fact, as a native american, yes you can trace my DNA to Cherokee Indian thank you, I embrace the fact teams honor us by choosing to use those names.

Only a matter of time

October 26th, 2012
12:02 pm

cobbknowsfootball…but not much else. Hard to believe you have much Native American blood in you given your comments. The Native Americans I know are offended by the names because they are derogatory. I don’t think my caucasian friends would embrace going out on Friday night’s cheering for the Atlanta Whitey’s or the Harrison Honky’s or the Toombs County Trailer Trash. I guess you would have had no issue with Andrew Jackson and his mandate for Native Americans to “hit the road” and head West on their Trail of Tears. Most colleges and universities have changes their nicknames and McEachern and others should follow suit.

Hoya Chuck

October 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

I truly hope all is well with Coach Galbraith. The program is going to succeed with Coach Cobleigh at the helm once again. As a true blue (and green) Hoya fan, I support the school, kids, coaches, and faculty. I look forward to the future of the program, and I for one, hope Coach Cobleigh stays right on the sideline as the leader of the Harrison Hoya football program for years to come!!

GO HOYAS!!!!

cobbknowsfootballtoo

October 26th, 2012
12:56 pm

In 1892, Atlanta had a minor league baseball team called the Atlanta Firecrackers. The team name was changed to the Atlanta Crackers, which is a term used to indicate “poor white southerner”. That team was called the “Yankees of the Minor League”. They lasted until 1962 when the league disbanded. I am a poor, white, southern boy. And I am not offended by that either. For several reasons, but the most important reason, its a NAME. Y’all ever remember sticks and stones? And I am pretty sure MAJOR universities and professional teams haven’t changed. I think I still see the Braves, Seminoles, Redskins, Chiefs, Aztecs, and Fighting Sioux still exist. And the MOST important reason I am not offended by any name anyone calls me? Its a NAME! Its doesn’t affect my status in life, how I make my living, or who I root for. If you don’t like the name, follow a different team. Now the great thing about America is, EVERYONE is entitled to an opinion. And, I invite everyone’s opinion. I have spoken mine. Now onto real important issues….such as FOOTBALL FRIDAY NIGHT!

Only a matter of time

October 26th, 2012
1:25 pm

cobbknowsfootball…and how to look things up on wikipedia. Dude there was also the Atlanta Black Crackers too or you didn’t bother to look that up to? The point is times have changed and nicknames do to. Many college teams have made the switch and several remain with Native American names, however, with the “consent “of the tribe in question. Surely the NCAA and schools have hammered out licensing deals with the tribal council’s to keep the name. One thing about it, the Native American is getting their reparations back one casino at a time. Enjoy your Friday Night Football cobbknows and stay off wikipedia please.

cobbknowsfootballtoo

October 26th, 2012
1:43 pm

You are correct “Only”, I did look it up for the correct history of it. But telling me to stay off wikipedia? All I was doing was ensuring I had the correct history of that franchise correct. But, who are you to tell me what I can and can’t do? So you want me to spout un-informed information so you can blast me for making things up? I was allowing you to spat your opinion and let it have it’s credence, because there are several people who agree with you on the issue. And several lawmakers too. In fact, according to wikipedia so “Only” can blast me again, the NCAA has “demanded” that University of North Dakota change its name from the Fighting Sioux to something less offensive. UND has yet to comply. Now this I don’t know for sure, but I hope the NCAA has made these demands on all teams with Native American “slang” such as the FSU Seminoles to change theirs as well.

But, since “Only” feels he has the power to tell me what to do, I guess I will bow down like a weak southern boy and let him have his say. Because, apparently “Only” has the only opinion that matters. Therefore, I agree to disagree with him.

(I just have to throw this in). I’m betting he is going to vote for the first non-naturally born American as the next President. :)

Only a matter of time

October 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

cobbknowsfootball…but not whom I’ll be voting for. I live in Cobb County but I am a member of a secret underground organization in Cobb that really works in the cloak of darkness. One mention of this sinister organization has been known to make grown men in East and West Cobb shutter. It’s called…the Democratic Party. Sorry I can’t bring myself to vote for Mittens. You got on True Native for changing the subject but you turn this into a political blog. I meant to put LOL on there after stay off wikipedia but forgot. Enjoy the games tonight and good luck to your team.

Dumb Old White Man

October 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

Good luck to Coach Cobleigh and Harrison. Season’s not over and playoffs are still in sight. And good luck to Coach Galbraith. By the way I am a Marietta Blue Devil fan but I like both coaches and wish the kids well over at Harrison, except our last game this season (sorry Hoyas, we need to win that one) . I am also just a dumb old white man who actually saw a lot of Atlanta Cracker baseball games at Ponce de Leon Park back in the day, and if the Braves don’t want to offend Native American Indians, they can just become the “Atlanta Dumb Old White Men” and I won’t be offended in the least. Guys, let’s not be so serious over mascot names.