The 2016 and 2017 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Sonia Raman is MIT’s all-time winningest coach as she enters her 11th season at the helm of the Engineers’ women’s basketball program. In 2018, she guided MIT to its first NEWMAC title and NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
Under Raman’s tutelage, MIT has generated 52 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference accolades, including a league and program-high eight during the 2017-18 season. The Engineers have appeared in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Academic Top 25 on five occasions, highlighted by top-10 placements in 2010-11 (third place), 2016-17 (seventh place), and 2017-18 (fifth place). Raman’s student-athletes have garnered a trio of CoSIDA Academic All-America honors to go along with one NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship selection.
Thirteen of Raman’s student-athletes have earned NEWMAC All-Conference accolades, including a trio of conference Rookie of the Year awards. She has also had three seniors selected to participate in the New England Women’s Basketball Association Senior Classic.
In September 2017 Raman was selected to serve on the Coaches Council for the Alliance of Women Coaches. The Alliance of Women Coaches is dedicated to leading the field of women coaches, at all levels, by providing support, resources, events and programs which address the needs and interests of its members. The Coaches Council is a sounding board for the Executive Director to ensure that the Alliance is thoughtfully and strategically serving women coaches from all sports and all levels. Additionally, members serve as ambassadors for the Alliance in their respective coaching communities and networks.
In addition to leading the Engineers on the court, Raman fills a key role as the Assistant Director of Compliance for the nation’s most expansive athletic program.
Prior to her arrival in Cambridge, Raman was the top assistant coach at Wellesley College. During her six-year tenure, she scouted opponents, assisted with practice and game planning, managed individual player skill and leadership development, and served as the Blue’s primary recruiter.
Raman began her intercollegiate coaching career with a two-year stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Tufts University. A four-year player and a captain for the Jumbos, she graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Raman went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 2001. She is also a 2015 graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy.
In her spare time, Raman is a volunteer coach with the Newton (Mass.) Special Olympics tennis team. She also serves on the advisory board for Find the Courage, a nonprofit organization that inspires, educates and empowers young people to be positive leaders promoting kindness, inclusion, encouragement, compassion, respect and resiliency in their communities.
Coach Raman on Twitter: @soniaraman