By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NBA head coach Mike Schuler has passed away. He was 81.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet.
“I had the pleasure of being both coached by Mike and coaching alongside him later in my career,” said Terry Porter, former Trail Blazers player, and NBA coach. “Mike was a terrific coach and had a great intensity about his coaching style with a focus on bringing out the best in his players. From a colleague standpoint, I was extremely grateful to have him on my coaching staff to share his experience, knowledge, and kindness with me”
Schuler worked in the NBA from 1981 through 2005. He was the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
He was 179-159 as a head coach with the two teams. His best record came during the 1987-88 season with the Trail Blazers when he guided the team to a 53-29 record.
Schuler was also employed by the New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He last worked in the league with the Bucks during the 2004-05 season. He was the NBA Coach of the Year in 1987.
The longtime coach is inducted into the Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Glenn C. Randall Lifetime Achievement Award.
Schuler also coached in the college ranks. He was a head coach at VMI and Rice.
He also served as an assistant coach with Army, Ohio, and Rice.© 2007-2022 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.