Inducted Class of 2007
Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose has been an institution at the University of Arizona athletic department since the late 1970s, spanning a conference softball championship in 1979 as an infielder and clean-up hitter to her current position as senior associate director of athletics, a position she has held since 1994. In between her accomplishments have been remarkable. She earned a bachelor’s degree (1979) and a master’s in education (1983) from the UA, has overseen day-to-day operations of 17 Division 1 sports programs and is the senior women’s administrator in the athletic department. She also coordinates several student-athlete services, such as the C.A.T.S. program, academic services, medical services and much more. In addition, she serves on several NCAA and Pac-10 Conference panels.
As an athlete, Rocky played on the USA softball team that competed in the World Cup Championships in Tokyo in 1979 and was on the AWA women’s AAA fast-pitch national championship team (’79) and the UA’s Intermountain Conference championship team (’79). In addition, Rocky was the UA’s Homecoming Queen in 1978 and was named one of the Outstanding Young Women in America in 1983. She has received several awards from local organizations, including Women on the Move and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. Rocky attended Alhambra High School in Phoenix and was named the school’s outstanding athlete of the year in 1975.