Raptors 905 Hire First Canadian Woman on a Men’s Pro Basketball Coaching Staff
Toronto’s G-League affiliate, Raptors 905, have added to their coaching staff, and it is not your regular, run-of-the-mill hire.
Raptors 905 announced Wednesday that Tamara Tatham has been hired as a mentor coach. The Brampton native will become the first Canadian woman to be part of a men’s pro basketball coaching staff.
“I’m not going to say I’m nervous,” Tatham said. “I’m not going to say I’m not nervous, but I’m going to say it’s a blessing because it’s not something that comes around every day.”
As a player, Tatham represented Canada at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. After retiring, she served as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at the University of Toronto.
“I’ve played basketball my entire life, started coaching, so I know a lot about the game and I know what I can give to the game, and to the younger generation,” she said. “I’m really excited to have this opportunity to really showcase, not just for women, but for the Canadian culture. (905 head coach) Jama’s given me a huge opportunity as a Canadian coach to learn from some of the best, and that’s something I really am excited about.”