Lindsay Waack could not have imagined a more unlikely debut as a high school coach. On Monday, the new head coach of the Fairfield Ludlowe girls golf team found herself at Silvermine Golf Club, her home course, about to open the season against Wilton, her alma mater. And the man coaching the Warriors was none other than her father and golf mentor, Stuart Waack. \u201cFor me it\u2019s pretty insane that the first match that I\u2019m coaching as a coach is at the club that I\u2019ve bascially grown up at, against my father,\u201d said Lindsay, a 2011 Wilton High graduate, former player for the WHS boys team and assistant coach at Wilton that previous two seasons. \u201cIt\u2019s pretty cool.\u201d "We\u2019re two competitive people and I know she would love to beat me. I don\u2019t want to beat her. I just don\u2019t want to lose to her,\u201d said Stuart before the match. \u201cI\u2019m very happy that a coach Waack is going to win today.\u201d He added that the match was of big interest among family members and Silvermine members \u2014 and was resigned to the fact that people would be pulling for Lindsay in her debut. \u201cIt\u2019s amazing to me how nobody is rooting for the dad. They\u2019re all rooting for the daughter. Every single person,\u201d he joked. \u201cIt\u2019s a lonely experience.\u201d In the end, it was Wilton that prevailed, 177 to 218. But for Stuart, the day belonged to his daughter. \u201cI couldn\u2019t be happier. I\u2019m just so proud,\u201d he said. \u201cTo see her perpetuate (girls golf) and be a head coach of a girls program at Ludlowe and continue to grow and support the game for girls in the area, it doesn\u2019t get any better than that for me.\u201d Growing the game has always been a mission for Waack, who got the Wilton girls program off the ground four years ago. Over that time, the Warriors\u2019 numbers have nearly doubled, with 18 girls expressing interest this spring. That was hardly the case when Lindsay was at WHS. There was no girls team back them, and she played two seasons on the boys team and then didn\u2019t play her last two years. \u201cWhen I was there I struggled to get two or three girls that were interested. The fact that in the eight years since I\u2019ve been in that building it went from nonexistant to having 18 girls show up, I\u2019m so happy and proud of him,\u201d she said. \u201cHe\u2019s so passionate about junior golf. That\u2019s somethign I\u2019ve seen all my life.\u201d Lindsay, the eldest of two Waack daughters, got her start in golf at Silvermine, located on the Norwalk-Wilton border, where her father has been head pro for 19 years. He has been the only coach she\u2019s ever had. \u201cShe was problaby four or five years old (when she started playing). She learned playing here and knows everyone here. She worked here. She was my shop girls for years,\u201d said Stuart. Lindsay had not planned on coaching this year. She graduated from the University of Connecticut last year and was in her first year of teaching freshman earth science at Ludlowe. But when the position was still unfilled in March, she decided to take the step. \u201cThe head coaching thing was by no means my intention. But I didn\u2019t want to turn down that opporuntity. It was something I wanted to be a part of,\u201d she said. \u201cPart of the reason why I felt comfortable taking the position was because I knew I would have him as a mentor, to help me through some of those initial questions.\u201d The influence of her father has been evident to her as she works with her players at Ludlowe. \u201cI was with them on the range one day and I just like heard coming out of my mouth what I\u2019ve heard from my dad,\u201d she said. \u201cSo a lot of the coaching in that aspect is from what I\u2019ve been hearing from him for years and years.\u201d Her father said her ability to connect with her players would be a big asset for the Falcons. \u201cThe girls are so lucky at Ludlowe to have a girl who has grown up in the business and grown up around the game,\u201d said Stuart. \u201cAnd I think particularly since she\u2019s a young woman and these are young women or young girls, there\u2019s a connection. My connection is kind of like a father to a daughter with my team. But hers is more maybe like a sister type of relationship, which can be maybe a little closer and more understanding. She definitely gets their point of view because she lived it.\u201d Like her father, Lindsay\u2019s goal is not only to teach the fundamentals of golf but to get more girls playing. \u201cThat\u2019s definitely his passion in life, just growing the game, getting access to it for those who don\u2019t,\u201d she said. \u201cWith the girls game he works closely with First Tee, just making sure that anyone who is at all interested in golf can find a way to play.\u201d She plans on carrying out that mission as coach of Ludlowe. \u201cI want to make sure I\u2019m helping them learn golf,\u201d she said. \u201cAs long as I can grow their appreciation for it and just make it a hobby of theirs that they return to, knowing it\u2019s something they can do for years to come, that\u2019s all I want for them.\u201d Her dad couldn\u2019t have said it any better.