The precursor to the UMass Boston Athletics program was its club basketball team in the mid to late 1970s. Larry Higginbottom was one of the cogs in that team's success and it being a cornerstone of the varsity athletics program for the University. Many felt that after his stellar career at Brookline High School, that he would have a chance to play on scholarship for an NCAA team, but he elected to play for the UMass Boston club team with current UMass Boston Hall of Famer Michael Mitchell and under the direction of Hall of Famer Charlie Titus. He played four seasons from 1975-79 and pulled down the most rebounds (797) in the club team's existence during his career and netted 1,039 points to cement his status as a ferocious rebounder, who could produce on the offensive end as well. He made the transition to power forward to help the team during his final season and despite being undersized at 6'4", he still averaged a double-double of 13.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He provided intangibles to the team aside from his scoring and rebounding, establishing himself as an excellent defender. His leadership also proved to be invaluable as the team moved forward to varsity status. Following his playing career he earned his degree in 1995 from UMass Boston and also served as a leader in the community, working in social services and went on to obtain his masters degree from Simmons College.