Indian-American appointed NBA basketball assistant coach for Memphis workforce

Houston, September 16

Memphis Grizzlies, an American skilled basketball workforce, which competes within the NBA, has employed an Indian-American as its assistant coach.

Sonia Raman joins Vin Bhavnani (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Roy Rana (Sacramento Kings) as the one coaches of Indian origin within the National Basketball Association.

Raman turns into the 14th feminine assistant coach within the historical past of the NBA and the 10th amongst present teaching staffers within the league. She turns into the seventh feminine coach to be employed as an assistant within the league for the reason that starting of the 2019-20 season.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, she replaces Niele Ivey, one other girls’s assistant coach who left for a head teaching place on the University of Notre Dame.

“She has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous ability to teach the game, as well as a strong passion for the game,” head coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned.

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

Raman had served as the pinnacle coach of the ladies’s basketball workforce on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2008. She guided the programme to their first championships with consecutive NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) titles in 2018 and 2019. She is the “winningest coach” within the programme’s historical past, in accordance with her official bio on MIT’s athletic web site.

She started her teaching profession at Tufts University, the place she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts diploma in International Relations in 1996. After a two-year stint along with her alma mater, she spent six years as the highest assistant coach at Wellesley College earlier than becoming a member of MIT.

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

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

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