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Memphis Grizzlies hire MIT women's basketball coach Sonia Raman as assistant coach

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 twice reached the NCAA tournament. The Engineers went 91-45 over her final five seasons.

"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, who graduated from the Boston College Law School in 2001, started coaching as an assistant at her alma mater, Tufts. She then spent six years as an assistant at Wellesley.

"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."