The Toronto Raptors just named Olympian and Brampton native Tamara Tatham as a mentor coach for their G League affiliate, Raptors 905. This makes Tatham the first Canadian woman to land a coaching job in a major North American men’s pro basketball league.
Tatham is a two-time Olympian who’s had a successful basketball career, playing at the University of Massachusetts for four seasons after a high school career at Chinguacousy Secondary School. She then went on to help Team Canada’s women’s basketball team clinch the gold in the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto. Tatham has also had a lot of success playing overseas in Europe, having been awarded all-star in multiple seasons.
Tatham retired from the Canadian National Team in 2017 and was an assistant coach at the University of Toronto’s women’s squad last season. She will continue in her role there even after she starts officially coaching with the Raptors 905.
Tatham says she had no idea she was the first woman but is excited about it.
“I saw that this morning, and I was like ‘Wow, that’s intense.’ But I’m excited about it,” she told The Canadian Press. “I’m not going to say I’m nervous, 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.”
This coming season Tatham joins the Raptors 905 who are coming off of a successful season and a huge win after winning the G league title in 2016-2017.
Feature Image – Olympics Canada