Kathleen “Rocky” LaRose’s retirement in 2013 led to Barnes’s promotion to senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. In her role, she oversees the internal operations of all 20 sports and support programs, including the C.A.T.S. student-athlete services. LaRose was a pioneer in women’s athletic administration who, like Barnes, began as a UA softball player. LaRose served as the UA’s last interim athletic director, in 2010.