Memories of Tim

Steady. Quiet. Dependable. Friendly. Those are the words I would use to describe Tim Bruder in the 20 years that I have known him. 

The longtime Alhambra High cross country and track and field coach seemed to always be in a good mood when I saw him, and always was able to either answer my questions or point me in a direction where my questions could be answered, which is gold for a reporter. I knew that I could always count on Tim.


I saw Tim on Saturday at the state cross country championships. We exchanged a quick hello as I jogged past him to watch a race, and I remember he had that same friendly smile that I always associated with him.  

I could not imagine that would be the last time I would see Tim.  He  unexpectedly died in his sleep at his Walnut Creek home Saturday night, close friend Kevin Searls told the Bay Area News Group today.

“I think his cross country and track kids were an extension of his life, and he would give almost anything he could to those kids. He was a very giving person” Searls said. “He’s a very quiet person with a million ideas in his head.”

Tim was truly an ambassador for the sports of cross country and track and field. He was an North Coast Section cross country champiionship meet director, and was the clerk of the course for the NCS Meet of Champions in track and field.

Miramonte cross country coach Brian Henderson called Tim “a track and field and cross country icon.”

“He was one of those guys that you know whatever meet you went to, you would see Tim walking around or running the meet. There will be a lot of jobs that need to be filled to replace Tim Bruder,” Henderson said.

Miramonte track and field coach Chris Puppione said “This is not a random high school coach. This is an institution … He was one of the good guys. He always got the job done. He shows up every day, teaches, coaches, goes home. To him, this was the best life he could have.”


In researching my article on Tim, http://www.contracostatimes.com/high-school-sports/ci_13896504, I found that he touched people’s lives in many different ways. How did he touch yours? Feel free to share with us.


Scores list


Division I

DLS 56, Foothill 14

Pittsburg 26, Deer Valley 0 – Deer Valley’s unbeaten season comes to an end.

Division II

Petaluma 28, Cardinal Newman 14

Casa Grande 42, Las Lomas 20

Division III

Encinal 48, Fortuna 22

Miramonte 17, Novato 0

Marin Catholic 37, Analy 35

Division IV

Valley Christian 30, Middletown 29

Justin-Siena 22, St. Mary’s 21

Salesian 20, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 14, OT

Fort Bragg 14, Ferndale 13, OT

Division V

St. Elizabeth 20, Hoopa Valley 18


Fremont 18, Oakland Tech 6

San Joaquin Section

Division I

Los Banos 28, Tracy 27 – Tracy’s unbeaten season comes to and end.

Nevada Union 21, Sheldon 7

Pleasant Grove 38, Vacaville 28

Rocklin 35, Atwater 6

Division II

Del Oro 30, St. Mary’s-Stockton 29 – St Mary’s unbeaten season comes to an end.

Folsom 42, Granite Bay 28

Grant 66, Fairfield 12

Central Coast Section


Bellarmine 20, Serra 10


Live Blogs: NCS quarterfinals

Just a heads up, the live blogs are back now that we’re in the NCS quarterfinals.

On Friday, I’ll be at Deer Valley to bring you the Deer Valley-Pittsburg game with updates from around the East Bay, while Ben Enos will be covering the game for the print side of things.

On Saturday, Jimmy Durkin will be handling live blog duties from Berkeley where the Jackets are set to host Monte Vista, while I’ll be there for print coverage.

Should be fun.


Former Monte Vista tennis standout dies

Sad new to pass along.

Elena Cadet, a 2009 graduate of Monte Vista High, died on Saturday after a car crash in Riverside according to the Riverside Press Enterprise.

According to the Press Enterprise — citing the California Highway Patrol — she was the passenger in a pickup truck that hit a palm tree on the shoulder of the highway at 12:25 a.m. on Saturday.

Cadet was a member of the 2008 All-East Bay Tennis team and was on the tennis team at U.C. Riverside.

The CHP is investigating how the truck lost control.