LaRose, a four-year starter as an offensive lineman, was named Butler's Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1979. He was a first team all-conference performer in 1977 and 1979, and he was a Butler team captain in 1979. The four-year letterwinner returned to Butler as an assistant football coach in 1984, and he was named head coach in 1992. LaRose guided Butler's football transition from the NCAA Division II to the NCAA I-AA. He tied Hall of Fame member Bill Lynch for most wins by a first-year Butler football coach with eight victories in 1992, and he matched Lynch by winning a conference championship in his first season. He guided Butler to a co-championship in the Pioneer Football League in 1994, and he finished his coaching career in third place on Butler's all-time list for football coaching victories.