"We are extremely pleased to hire a coach of Marty's proven track record," Roof said. "He is a first-class man who will do a fine job of leading our student-athletes."
Prior to his season with the Cardinals, Galbraith spent three seasons (2000-03) at N.C. State, serving the final two as offensive coordinator. While in Raleigh, Galbraith helped the Wolfpack to a three-year record of 26-12 and consecutive berths in the Micronpc.com, Tangerine and Gator Bowls. The 2001 N.C. State offense established school records for completion percentage while posting the fifth-highest single-season total with 2,712 passing yards. A year later, the Wolfpack won a school-record 11 games including a 28-6 win over Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl, while setting marks for passing yards (3,486), first downs (281), total yards (5,486) and points (460). In addition, the 2002 Wolfpack led the ACC in red zone productivity.
Galbraith has coached at the high school, college and professional levels of football, getting his start in the coaching profession at Northwest Missouri State in 1973. His other college coaching stops include Purdue (1977), Wake Forest (1978-82 & 1989-90), Louisiana State (1987-88), Pittsburgh (1991), Georgia Tech (1992-93) and Marshall (1998-99).
During Galbraith's time at Marshall, the Thundering Herd went 25-1 with a pair of Mid-American Conference championships in a two-year span. Galbraith directed the Marshall offense in 1999 as Chad Pennington, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and first-round draft choice of the New York Jets in 2000, quarterbacked the top-rated offensive unit in the MAC by throwing for 3,799 yards and 37 touchdowns. The 1999 season featured a 13-10 victory over Clemson, a 34-30 win over Western Michigan in which the Herd trailed 23-0 in the third period, and a 21-3 triumph over Brigham Young in the Motor City Bowl.
Galbraith has coached in eight postseason bowl games - Tangerine (1979 & 2001), Gator (1987 & 2002), Hall of Fame (1988), Motor City (1998 & 1999) and Micronpc.com (2000) - and also coached in the 1989 Blue-Gray all-star game. He served as an assistant coach at Memorial (Mo.) High School from 1974-76 and had tenures at both Pope (Ga.) High School as an assistant coach in 1994 and at Lassiter (Ga.) High School as the head coach from 1995-97.
His professional coaching experience includes both the NFL and USFL, having been on the staffs of the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits (1983-84) and Arizona Outlaws (1986) as well as the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs (1985) and Arizona Cardinals (2003). In Galbraith's two years with the Bandits, Tampa Bay went 25-11 and reached the quarterfinals of the USFL playoffs in 1984.
A native of Joplin, Mo., Galbraith was an all-district defensive back at Missouri Southern where he captained the Lions to the 1972 NAIA national championship. Galbraith has two daughters, Kasie and Amy, and one son, Stephen.