Deputy Director of Athletics
Phone: (520) 621-2473
Kathleen "Rocky" LaRose is completing her 34th year at the University of Arizona. She is currently the Deputy Director of Athletics after serving as Acting Director of Athletics for the University of Arizona for part of the 2009-10 academic year. She was the first woman to be appointed as A.D. in school history. This is also her 23rd year as the NCAA-designated Senior Woman Administrator.
As Deputy Director of Athletics, LaRose oversees the internal operations of all 20 varsity sports, being the first woman in her capacity to have day-to-day operational responsibilities over FBS (DI-A) football and men's basketball programs. Additionally, over the years, she has directly supervised nearly every unit in the department including C.A.T.S. student-athlete services (medical services, strength and conditioning, equipment room and life skills), compliance, Hall of Champions, media and public relations, special events, business office and the Wildcat Club. She also chairs 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 in various capacities from 1980 until 1989 when she became a member of the executive team. LaRose is a current member of the Pac-12 Council which governs and regulates all Pac-12 policies, and has served three times as the Pac-10/12 vice president. On the national level, she was a member of the NCAA Management Council (as the Pac-10 representative) and was appointed Management Council liaison to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Board. She also has chaired and been a member of numerous Pac-10/12 committees.
In 1990, LaRose developed the Commitment for Athletes' Total Success (C.A.T.S.), an educational model followed by CATS student-athlete services to enhance the student-athlete's experience 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 conference championship title in 1979. She also was a member of the 1979 AAA Fast-pitch National Championship Team (Sun City Saints) and competed in the 1979 World Cup Softball Championship as a member of the U.S. National Championship team. She was also a member of the Arête Society (UA's Athletics Honorary) and was the 1978 UA Homecoming Queen.
She is married to Michael Proctor, the University's Vice President for Global Initiatives and Dean of the Outreach College.