Longtime Hayward-area high school coach Will Matthews died Friday after suffering a heart attack, his wife, Hazel, confirmed Monday.

Matthews, 69, retired from coaching and teaching at Hayward High in 2009 after a distinguished career. Among the sports he coached at Mt. Eden from 1972 to 1996 were track and field, cross country and football (the latter as an assistant coach). He then coached track and cross country at Hayward High. He also was an assistant football coach at Chabot College.

The physical education teacher was honored by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce in 2008 as its Educator of the Year. He was named as a North Coast Section Honor Coach in both track and field (1989) and cross country (2006).

Castro Valley cross country and track and field coach Dooney Jones, who was coached by Matthews in track and field at Mt. Eden, said Matthews was like a dad and a role model to him.

"He was a well-loved, respected person all over Hayward, Castro Valley and definitely in the track community. An honorable person. I pattern the way that I coach after him." Jones said.

A funeral for Matthews will be held July 20 at the Chapel of the Chimes (32992 Mission Blvd. in Hayward). A public viewing will be held at 10 a.m., with the service starting at 11 a.m.

Miscellany

Stanford freshman power forward Reid Travis underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Monday but should be sidelined just four to six weeks, coach Johnny Dawkins said.

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    Staff writers Phil Jensen, Jeff Faraudo and Elliott Almond contributed to this report.