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.