Sonia Raman
Sonia Raman
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-5006
Email: s_raman@mit.edu
Year: 7th at MIT
Previous College: Tufts University '96

Sonia Raman enters her seventh season as the head coach of MIT’s women’s basketball program. In addition to leading the Engineers on the court, she 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.

In her spare time, Raman is a volunteer coach with the Newton (Mass.) Special Olympics tennis team.

Lucia Robinson-Griggs
Lucia Robinson-Griggs
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: luciarob@mit.edu
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: Bentley University '07

Lucia Robinson-Griggs joined the MIT women's basketball coaching staff in the fall of 2011 after a three-year tenure at Lesley University. She arrived in Cambridge as an assistant coach and then assumed head coaching duties the next two seasons.

During her time with the Lynx, Robinson-Griggs's squads were back-to-back New England Collegiate Conference champions, resulting in her becoming one of the youngest head coaches in the NCAA to win a league title. Prior to her time at Lesley, Robinson-Griggs served as the assistant varsity basketball and junior varsity head softball coach at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass. She has also coached at the Bentley University and Sarah Behn Summer Basketball Camps.

A Dean's List student, Robinson-Griggs graduated from Bentley in 2007 with degrees in mathematics and psychology. During her senior campaign, the Falcons advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Robinson-Griggs went on to earn her Master's degree in math education from Lesley University.

Sara Hagstrom Akashian
Sara Hagstrom Akashian
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: Clark University '09

Sara Hagstrom Akashian joined the MIT women's basketball coaching staff in the fall of 2011, marking her first intercollegiate coaching position. She previously served as an assistant coach with the Yarmouth High School varsity girls basketball team where she contributed to practice preparation and execution, scouted opponents, and worked individually with the guards.

A 2009 graduate of Clark University, Akashian was a two-year captain and played in 99 games, starting 77 including the final 76 consecutively. As a junior, she ranked 29th in the country in assists per game and then moved up to 21st during her senior campaign. Akashian was the recipient of the Alice M. Higgins Award which is given to one Clark University Female Student-Athlete on the basis of outstanding academic and athletic achievement. She was a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team selection and the Worcester (Mass.) Area College Basketball Association named her the co-MVP for Clark.

Akashian received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American government, graduated summa cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society. She was a Dean's List student every semester and was recognized as a Who's Who Student of Clark University.

Lauren Dobish
Lauren Dobish
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 2nd at MIT
Previous College: Bates College '12

Lauren Dobish enters her second season as an assistant coach for the MIT women's basketball program, marking her first intercollegiate coaching position. She previously served as a coach for a local seventh-grade AAU basketball team.

A 2012 graduate of Bates College, Dobish was a four-year member of the squad who was selected as a captain her senior year. She played in 99 games, starting 48 of 49 during her final two seasons with the Bobcats. In addition, Dobish was tabbed to the NESCAC All-Academic Team.

A three-sport athlete, Dobish was a two-time captain and a second-team All-NESCAC selection in softball. She also played three seasons for the Bates women's soccer team. At the conclusion of her career, Dobish was inducted into the Scholar-Athlete Society.

Dobish received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and appeared on the Dean's List four times.