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Grizzlies hire MIT women’s basketball coach Sonia Raman as assistant


KIEV, UKRAINE - 2018/10/10: In this photo illustration, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology logo seen displayed on a smartphone. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. (Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies on Friday hired Sonia Raman as an assistant coach. She replaces Niele Ivey, who was hired by Notre Dame in April.

Raman spent the past 12 seasons as women’s basketball coach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she reached the NCAA Tournament twice. The Engineers went 91-45 over her final five seasons. She started coaching as an assistant at her alma mater, Tufts. She then spent six years as an assistant at Wellesley.

“She has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous ability to teach the game as well as a strong passion for the game,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. “She is going to be a great addition to our current coaching staff.”

Raman also graduated from the Boston College Law School in 2001.

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