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Bill Johnson '10 signs with professional basketball team in Costa Rica
Bill Johnson '10 playing a home game in Rockwell Cage versus Wheaton College in October 2010.
Bill Johnson '10 playing a home game in Rockwell Cage versus Wheaton College in October 2010.
Photo: Tom Gearty

Former MIT men's basketball player and current assistant coach, Bill Johnson ’10, recently signed a contract to play with ARBA-San Ramon, of the Costa Rican professional league, Liga Superior de Baloncesto.

“Continuing my basketball career at this level and with these types of players is something I've always dreamed of doing,” Johnson said. “Being able to see the world and experience the rich Costa Rican culture in this capacity is something I am extremely excited about.”

Johnson ’10 joined the coaching staff at MIT following one of the most successful basketball careers in Institute history. The two-time captain finished his career as the all-time wins leader in MIT history. Johnson was part of three 20-win seasons, was the 23rd player to reach the 1,000-point milestone, and finished in the top 10 all-time in three-point percentage, free-throw percentage, and blocked shots.
“Bill has worked hard and deserves this honor,” said MIT head basketball coach Larry Anderson. “As a player and as coach he has been a magnet for change and a real resource for building community. His fingerprints are all over our basketball program.”

Johnson attributes the opportunity to play pro basketball to coach Larry Anderson and the MIT basketball program. “I am grateful for the lessons I learned from Coach Anderson, the coaches, and the players, and I will continue to use what I've learned while in Costa Rica,” Johnson said.

In Costa Rica, Johnson will also work with the non-profit organization "Beyond Study Abroad," which connects college athletes with disadvantaged communities in the region. The organization works closely with FundaVida, whose mission is to bring Costan Rican youth out of poverty.

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