Robin Durkin stands on the sidelines, a difference scene from 20 years ago when she played for the Girard Indians.
Durkin, Girard's girls basketball junior varsity and freshmen coach, sees her daughter, Lindsay, play for the same man she was mentored by two decades ago - varsity coach Andy Saxon.
"It's a wonderful, wonderful experience," said Robin, who played at Girard from 1988-91. "He's mellowed a lot over the years. His coaching philosophy and style has changed from when he coached me. He was a little more vocal, but he still gets the same response out of the girls as he did 20 years ago. He still has their respect.
"It's pretty bizarre to watch my daughter play for him, but I like it and I wouldn't want her to play for any other coach."
Saxon was happy to see Robin come aboard the coaching staff.
"As a player, she was real dedicated - one of those gym rats," Saxon said. "She does the same thing in coaching. She puts a lot of time in. She coaches the freshmen and the JVs. I was real excited about her coming."
As for Robin, she told Lindsay what to expect from Saxon.
"I remember her saying he always wants to win, doesn't like to lose," Lindsay said. "He always wants you to perform your best, not be lazy."
So, what would Lindsay expect from her mother as a coach?
"Having her as a coach on the court she's much, much harder on me than she would be in the stands," Lindsay said. "It's almost like she wants me to be perfect and make no mistakes."
Pretty much being flawless is almost like a prerequisite of being a coach's child, Robin said.
"I've watched her play other sports (like volleyball) before I coached her," Robin said. "I've coached before the level I had to coach her. As a coach you're a lot harder on your own child. You expect more. When you're a parent in the stands, you're not quite as hard on them. You give them the benefit of the doubt if they make a mistake. If you coach them, you want them to do it the right way the first time. You want them to lead by example when you're coaching them. If the coach's daughter can't do it, why should I have to do it?
"Even as a parent in the stands, I'm hard on her too."
As a close bystander, Saxon knows what this relationship is all about.
"I have had a couple parents coach their daughters over my 25 years and they're all like that," Saxon said. "She's a little tough on her daughter. When it's a mother-daughter relationship, she can say things I wouldn't say because it's her daughter. She'll let her have it and Lindsay handles it pretty well. She doesn't get all testy."
In fact, the two have a lot of on-court attributes in common.
"Robin played for me when were in the MAC (Metro Athletic Conference), playing the Canfields, Polands and Salems," Saxon said. "Robin would be playing against girls that are a lot taller than her. She played inside. She was very dedicated, so is Lindsay. Lindsay is from that same mold.
"She's only a sophomore right now, but she's learning as the days, weeks, months go on. She has that hard-nosed attitude, that good work ethic. She wants to do well."
Lindsay might parlay these attributes into coaching career, just what her mother did after her playing days at Girard. Robin coached at the junior high level more than a decade ago before taking time off to raise a family.
"Watching my mom, I feel like she loves her job, loves coaching and loves being in the gym with us all the time," Lindsay said. "I think I would like that as much as she does."