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Michael Harold Schuler (born September 22, 1940) is a former head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He coached the Portland Trail Blazers (1986–87 to 1988–89) and Los Angeles Clippers (1990–91 to 1991–92) in 338 games, and compiled a win-loss record of 179–159.[1]

Mike Schuler
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Personal information
Born (1940-09-22) September 22, 1940 (age 78)
Portsmouth, Ohio
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High schoolPortsmouth (Portsmouth, Ohio)
CollegeOhio (1959–1962)
Coaching career1965–2005
Career history
As coach:
1965–1966Army (assistant)
1966–1969Ohio (assistant)
1972–1977Virginia (assistant)
19811983New Jersey Nets (assistant)
19831986Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
19861989Portland Trail Blazers
1989–1990Golden State Warriors (assistant)
19901992Los Angeles Clippers
19921994Sacramento Kings (assistant)
19941996Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20032005Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As coach:

In his first year as coach of the Trail Blazers, Schuler led the team to a 49–33 record, winning the NBA Coach of the Year Award. He followed that up with a 53–29 campaign,[1] though the season ended in a first-round playoff defeat.[2] In his third season with the Blazers, the team was racked with dissension and posted a 25–22 record before Schuler was fired in mid-February.[3] Then-assistant coach Rick Adelman was promoted to replace him on an interim basis.[3] After the Blazers reached the 1989 NBA Playoffs, Adelman was made the head coach on a full-time basis.[4]

One incident Schuler is remembered for occurred at the first press conference that introduced him as the coach of the Trail Blazers, when he fell out of his chair. The footage was seen often on American television in the following days, and Schuler termed it "my instant claim to fame."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Mike Schuler". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  2. ^ "Blazer wins 'improved' award". Eugene Register-Guard. 1988-05-18. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  3. ^ a b "Pro Basketball; Trail Blazers Dismiss Coach". The New York Times. Associated Press. 1989-02-19. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  4. ^ "In Brief: Adelman Retained as Blazers Coach". Los Angeles Times. 1989-05-11. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  5. ^ Goldaper, Sam (1987-03-04). "N.B.A. Notebook; Rookie Coach Finds Fall Is Springboard". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-15.