She has made a name for herself in the history of the NBA by being the first Indian-origin female coach. The Indian origin Sonia Raman joins Vin Bhavnani (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Roy Rana (Sacramento Kings) to be the third Indian-origin coach in the National Basketball Association.
Sonia was born and brought up in the US and is a lawyer by profession. Incidentally, her mother is from Nagpur, her father is from Chennai, and she has scripted history by being appointed as an assistant coach in the NBA.
Looks like the timing was perfect for Sonia Raman as many young Indians are huge NBA fans, apart from those settled in the US. She becomes the seventh female coach to be hired as an assistant in the league since the beginning of the 2019-20 season.
Sonia is from Boston and has been appointed asst coach by Memphis Grizzlies, prior to which she was head women’s basketball coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at MIT, Sonia led the students to two consecutive conference title wins in 2018, 19 becoming the ‘all-time winningest coach’ in MIT’s history.
She will be joining head coach Taylor Jenkin’s staff on November 1, after leading the MIT team for 12 years. She was named the New England Women’s and Men’s athletic conference coach of the year twice.