The Memphis Grizzlies announced today the hiring of Sonia Raman as an assistant coach on Taylor Jenkins’ staff. Raman replaces Niele Ivey who left the Grizzlies to become the head coach at her alma mater, Notre Dame.
Raman has spent the past 12 seasons as the head women’s coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Raman is MIT’s all-time winningest coach and led the Engineers to their first two New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships in 2018 & 2019. The three-peat failed as they lost in the championship in 2020. Raman took the Engineers to their first two NCAA Tournament berths riding a 91-45 record in her final five seasons.
Raman went 152-155 in her 12-year career coaching the Engineers, going 8-7 in the postseason. Following her first season in 2008-2009, the Engineers improved each of the next five seasons. Raman leaves a historical career at MIT with her name attached to many other records in the MIT Record Book. Of those accolades, Raman has had 18 players earn NEWMAC All-Conference accolades, including four Rookie of the Year awards.
Raman has excelled off the court as well where she served a two-year term on the Coaches Council for the Alliance of Women Coaches beginning in September 2017. Raman and the Alliance of Women Coaches is dedicated to leading the field of women coaches, at all levels, by providing support, resources, events and programs which address the needs and interests of its women, according to Grizzlies PR.