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Raman excelled at two things, according to Hagerstrom: teaching the game without overwhelming her players and being extremely detailed while being willing to adjust. Both strengths, she thinks, will serve her well on the Grizzlies’ staff. “If she was so skilled and capable of doing what she did with the type of talent we had at Wellesley and the type of talent she had at MIT … it’s like, oh my gosh, what is she going to be capable of doing with these guys if they’ll give her an opportunity to work with them?” Hagerstrom said. Raman also respected the Grizzlies’ commitment to diversity and inclusion. Jenkins hired the team’s first female assistant in Niele Ivey and has a coaching staff from various backgrounds.
Raman’s journey wasn’t typical going from a lawyer to Division III women’s basketball coach to the NBA. But as she embraces the challenge of helping the Grizzlies reach the playoffs, she knows it’s not just about her path making history but those who will follow her. “It’s important to have that type of representations so that young girls who can see people that are like them, they see women in all aspects of the NBA,” Raman said. “They know that it’s a possibility for them for them, too, and expand what their options are if they want to go into the world of basketball.”
They were completely unprepared for the news Raman delivered — that she was joining the Grizzlies as an assistant coach. “At first we were like, ‘Grizzlies? What college is that?’” Kylie Gallagher, a senior forward, recalled. Raman quickly clarified that she was headed to the N.B.A.’s Memphis Grizzlies, then worked off prepared notes — she knew she would be emotional — as she thanked her players and her staff, and offered more details about the unexpected opportunity that had come her way. “Oh, they were shocked,” Raman, 46, said in a recent interview. “But those players are a part of me, and my experiences with them has made me the coach I am now.”
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