Longtime Alhambra High cross country and track and field coach Tim Bruder unexpectedly died in his sleep at his Walnut Creek home Saturday night, close friend Kevin Searls said Monday.
The 55-year-old Bruder, who had diabetes, watched the Bulldogs' Jesse Aston race in the California Interscholastic Federation state cross country championships in Fresno on Saturday, said Searls, a longtime area coach. Bruder wasn't feeling well on the drive home, said Bob McGuire, a longtime area coach who took the trip with Bruder.
Bruder had been Alhambra's cross country and track and field coach since the fall of 1987 and led numerous athletes to the state championships in both sports. He also coached at Castro Valley, Alameda and Carondelet in his long career.
"It was really, really quiet and sad," Alhambra athletic director Pat Ertola said of the mood on campus Monday. "Tim was so unassuming that he was without a doubt a quiet leader on this campus. The kids that were fortunate enough to run track and field or cross country for him or were part of his auto shop program knew they absolutely had a friend in Tim Bruder."
Bruder, a Pleasant Hill High graduate, also was very involved in North Coast Section organization of championships in his sports.
He was an NCS cross country championship meet director for 15 of the past 18 years, according to Northgate coach Peter Brewer, and also was the clerk of the course for the NCS Meet of Champions in track and field for at least the past 12 years, said Miramonte cross country coach Brian Henderson.
At press time, no plans for a memorial service had been arranged, Searls said.
Staff writer Ben Enos contributed to this story.