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Kathleen LaRose
Position: Interim Athletics Director
Phone: (520) 621-2473

Kathleen "Rocky" LaRose was named interim director of athletics for the University in mid-December 2009, and will serve in that capacity until a replacement has been named by UA President Dr. Robert Shelton.

LaRose is completing her 31st year at the University of Arizona, her 16th year as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and her 21st year as the Senior Woman Administrator. She becomes the 10th athletics director in University of Arizona history, and the first woman so named.

As Senior Associate Athletics Director, LaRose oversaw the internal operations of all 19 sports at the UA, being the first women in her capacity to have day-to-day operational responsibilities over Division I-A football and men's basketball programs. Additionally, over the year she has directly supervised nearly every unit in the department including C.A.T.S. student-athlete services, compliance, Hall of Champions, public relations and special events, business office and the Wildcat Club. She also has chaired the department's Equity committee and directed the NCAA certification process.

LaRose joined the Arizona staff in 1979 as the UA softball coach and worked from 1980 until 1989 in various capacities including coordinator of athletic special events and special projects. In 1987 she was promoted to assistant athletics director for fund development. LaRose is a current member of the Pac-10 Council which governs and regulates all Pac-10 policies, and has served twice as its vice president. On the national level, she was a member of the NCAA Management Council as the Pac-10 representative for four years and was appointed Management Council liaison to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Board. She also has chaired several Pac-10 committees.

In 1990, LaRose developed the Commitment for Athletes' Total Success (C.A.T.S.), an educational approach used by student-athlete services to better the student-athlete academically, athletically, and personally.

Raised in Phoenix, Ariz., LaRose received both her Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees from The University of Arizona. While in attendance, she competed on the UA softball team as a starting infielder and clean-up hitter, leading the Cats to their first-ever conference championship title in 1979. She competed in the 1979 World Cup Softball championship as a member of the USA National Championship team. She also was a member of the Arete Society (UA's Athletics Honorary) and was the 1978 UA Homecoming Queen. She is married to Michael Proctor, the University's Vie Provost for Outreach and Global Initiatives and Dean of the Outreach College.

LaRose was awarded the Billy Joe varney Award from the university in 2004, the institution's top career service honor, and is a member of the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.