Wildcats dealing with Hemmila's loss together

Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Wednesday to discuss how the Wildcats are dealing with the loss of Zach Hemmila.

When Rich Rodriguez met with the media on Wednesday, it was clear Arizona's head coach was still dealing with the emotions from the death of Zach Hemmila.

Rodriguez took time to reflect on Hemmila as a player and chose to point out his perseverance.

“Early in his career it was tough on him,” Rodriguez said. “I was hard on him and there were times that I didn’t know if he was going to stay or not, but the last two and a half years were remarkable in how he’s grown as a person and a player.”

Coaches aren't taught how to deal with death when it hits their team and Rodriguez is dealing with it on the go as well.

"I told the team, this is not in the coaching manual," Rodriguez said. "This is not something we’ve experienced doing, so we’ll figure it out together.

"We have a really tight group, the guys are close, and we’re not shying away from talking about it. We’ll get through it as a team, that’s what you gotta do."

There will be a viewing for Zach Hemmila at from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo and a private funeral will be held on Friday. 

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