BLUE HILL – Taylor Schildroth knew Mike Woodbury was tough.
“Me and my family knew that it was going to be the hardest coaching I’ve had going down,” the former Nation Christian Academy guard said.
But he didn’t expect a 2:45 long audio clip of a profanity laced tirade directed towards one of his teammates.
“I’m going to f— you in you’re a– next time you talk out of line. I’m going to take everything from you,” Woodbury said.
One day after the audio clip went viral, Schildroth was out.
“I listened to that video three or four times and the more I listened to it I was like yea I have to get out of here,” Schildroth said.
He first met Woodbury in eighth grade and went to his Maine basketball showcases in the offseason.
Once he graduated from George Stevens Academy this spring he decided to re-classify and play a year under Woodbury.
“My goal was just to go down there and get better and just kind of live with the yelling and stuff like that,” Schildroth said.
And then the audio clip dropped.
“I know you’re re—— so take one of your friends and have them look up the word extortion for you and if you need some help spelling it maybe Simon can put it on f—— word check,” Woodbury said.
Once he left Florida, Schildroth’s future was uncertain.
“I didn’t know if I was going to enroll in school I was looking at my options,” he added.
Three weeks later, Schildroth has settled into his new home, Woodstock Academy in Connecticut.
“Honestly it’s a lot like GSA it’s a small town. It just seemed like a good fit so I went down,” he said.
Closer to home and in what he calls a welcoming environment, Schildroth is taking a glass half full approach when reflecting on the last couple months.
“From what I went through the process for me I guess was worth it because I did get better down there and he never attacked me like that,” he said.
But he’s well aware. Sometimes basketball isn’t everything. Especially for those playing at Nation Christian Academy.
“I just hope that everyone finds a better situation for them and what’s best for them,” Schildroth said.
Schildroth also added that he hasn’t talked to Woodbury since leaving Nation Christian Academy.
The school is still open and the team is still playing basketball.