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Grizzlies add Sonia Raman to coaching staff

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The Memphis Grizzlies have added head coaching experience to their bench.

Memphis hired Sonia Raman as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday. Raman, just the second-ever female Grizzlies assistant, joins the Grizzlies from MIT, where she was the head women’s basketball coach for 12 seasons.

Raman is the winningest coach in MIT program history, having notched 152 wins with the Engineers. She led MIT to two NEWMAC championships and to the title game this past season.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff,” Raman said in a release. “I can’t wait to get to Memphis and get started with Taylor, his staff and the team’s emerging young core. 

“I must also give a truly special thank you to MIT and the women I’ve had the honor of coaching for the past 12 years. I wish the program continued success.”

Prior to coaching MIT, Raman was an assistant at Wellesley College and Tufts University, her alma mater. Among her accomplishments, she was selected in 2017 to serve on the Coaches Council for the Alliance of Women Coaches.

Raman also holds a law degree from Boston College.

“We are beyond excited to welcome Sonia to the Memphis Grizzlies,” Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said in the release. “She has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous ability to teach the game, as well as a strong passion for the game. 

“She is going to be a great addition to our current coaching staff.”

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