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Mike Schuler died at 81 years old.

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Former Portland Trail Blazers head coach, Mike Schuler, passed away on Tuesday

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After leading Portland to a 49-33 record and making the playoffs in his first season, he was named Coach of the Year

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It is only the second coach to receive the award in their rookie season and only five coaches have yet to do so.

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After two straight playoff appearances in 1988-89

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he was fired midway through his third season in Portland.

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Schuler, who compiled a 179-159 record in the NBA,

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 moved on to coach the Clippers to two sub-.500 seasons.

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In 1977, he joined Rice as head coach after coaching at VMI for four years.