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Some see Jerrard as 'black coach'; he just sees 'coach'

Updated: March 1, 2007, 3:13 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Every time Paul Jerrard passes a mirror, this is what he sees: a father, a hockey player, a coach, a man with a goal, a dream.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

What Paul Jerrard does not necessarily see is a pioneer or a role model or a symbol of racial equality, although he is, in many ways, all of those things.

"I might have been viewed differently. But I've never felt different," said Jerrard, an assistant coach with the Iowa Stars, the top farm team ...

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