The 2016 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Sonia Raman enters her ninth 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. She is also 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
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.
|Year:||3rd at MIT|
|Previous College:||Assumption College '14|
Jamie Insel enters her third season as an assistant coach with the MIT women's basketball program. A 2014 graduate from Assumption College, the position is her first at the intercollegiate level as she has previously assisted in coordinating the United Basketball (N.J.) AAU Program.
A four-year member and captain of the Greyhounds' women's basketball team, Insel helped lead the squad to three trips to the NCAA Tournament. During her junior campaign, Assumption made its first appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference title game while her performance garnered All-Tournament Team accolades.
Insel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in management.
|Year:||6th at MIT|
|Previous College:||Clark University '09|
Sara 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.
|Year:||2nd at MIT|