Boston based Sonia Raman was recently appointed as the Assistant Coach of the Memphis Grizzlies team. She becomes the first female NBA assistant coach of Indian origin.
Formerly a head coach of women’s basketball at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Raman was born and brought up in the USA but her parents hail from Chennai (father) and Nagpur (mother). They emigrated to the US after college.
Raman is a lawyer according to her degree and the “all-time winningest coach” in the history of MIT. She joins the young, dynamic Grizzlies who almost made it to the 2020 Playoffs despite competing in the stacked Western Conference.
Along with Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins, she spoke about her Indian roots in detail on the Patel & Kumar NBA talk show.
She is the third overall female coach after Vin Bhagnani (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Roy Rana (Sacramento Kings).
When she was asked about how her roots have shaped her, she replied that the work ethic her parents have is responsible for shaping her. Looking at how hard they worked as immigrants to the US has been her inspiration for how she approaches everything.
She also answered some pre-recorded audience questions from female members of the Indian basketball community looking to follow in her footsteps.
On a lighter note, she spoke about how she was using the COVID-19 lockdown to master Indian dishes like alu chole/ channa masala, bhel, chaat and masala dosa.