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Marty Galbraith was a 19689 graduate of Joplin High School. After high school Marty attended the University of Arkansas for a year before transferring to Missouri Southern State College for the 1970 season. He played three years at MSSU playing cornerback and was a member of the national championship team in 1972. 

Following graduation from Missouri Southern, Marty received his Masters at Northwest Missouri State University where he served as a graduate assistant coach under Gladden Dye. 

The grad assistantship launched a long and colorful career in coaching for the Joplin native. Marty was an assistant coach at Joplin Memorial Hall School under Phil Collins for three years. The Eagles won football basketball, and track championships in Class 3A during Marty’s stint at Memorial. 

Galbraith left Memorial for Purdue University where he coached receiver and the freshman team for a year. Then it was on to Wake Forest University where he spent the next five years. When Steve Spurrier got the job of coaching the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL, he hired Marty as his offensive line coach. 

Marty then joined the Kansas City Chiefs as offensive line coach in 1985, a stint that lasted only a year. He then joined the Arizona Outlaws for three months before the fledgling pro league folded. 

Galbraith returned to the collegiate ranks the next year and worked two years as offensive line coach at Louisianan State University. Marty then joined Bill Dooley at Wake Forest as offensive coordinator for the next two years. Coaching positions with Paul Hackett at Pittsburg University and at Georgia Tech for two years followed before Marty was named head coach at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga. He held that position for four years and had the opportunity to coach his son, Stephen, a quarterback. 

Marty then joined Marshall University as its offensive coordinator and played a key role in the team’s 25-1 record during  the next two years, including a d13-0 record and a 10th-place rating nationally in his second year. Marty helped develop Byron Leftwich at Marshall. Leftwich was a No. 1 draft pick after his senior year. Marty’s son, Stephen, played behind Leftwich his junior and senior years after transferring from Memphis State University. 

Marty then moved to North Carolina State for three years. The Wolfpack was 11-3 his third year and beat Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl. Marty spent one season as tight ends coach with the Arizona Cardinals before signing on a as Duke University’s offensive coordinator in 2004. 

Marty is married to the former Mary Cunningham of Fort Gibson, OK., and they have three children, Stephen, and daughters, Kasie, a graduate of Oklahoma University and at present a schoolteacher in Oklahoma City, and Amy, a junior at Pope High School in Marietta, GA. Amy is an outstanding track athlete and a member of the national cheerleading squad.