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Sonia Raman, who has served as an assistant coach at Wellesley College for the past six years, has been named head coach of MIT women’s basketball, as announced by Director of Athletics Julie Soriero.

In addition to serving as the 12th head coach in the history of MIT women’s basketball, Raman will fill a key role as the Assistant Director of Compliance. A highly-regarded and dynamic young coach, Raman is also a lawyer, who has spent the last seven years in compliance for the United States Department of Labor and Fidelity Investments.

“The commitment Sonia has to the game of basketball and to the coaching profession is obvious,” said Soriero. “She has a solid background in teaching, recruiting and player development. Sonia is ready to take the next step and lead her own program and we are excited that the program she leads will be MIT.”

As a top assistant at Wellesley, Raman had been responsible for opponent scouting, including MIT, which competes against Wellesley as part of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Her in-depth knowledge of NEWMAC will serve as a strong asset as the Engineers look to build upon last year’s success. The team reached the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament after compiling a 12-13 regular season record, its best in five years.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to coach the women’s basketball team at MIT,” said Raman. “I have tremendous respect for the MIT student-athletes from my time as an opponent in the NEWMAC. I can’t wait to get started as we strive towards excellence together.”

Prior to Wellesley, Raman spent two years as an assistant coach at Tufts University, where she also played while serving as team captain. Coaching at various camps across New England for the last 16 years, Raman was the head coach of high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate all-stars from 2000–2005 in the Bay State Games.