Rachelle SherdenStaff

Head Volleyball Coach in Athletics and Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant for Student Athlete Serv in Health and Exercise Science

Rachelle Sherden is in her 13th season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2022. In 13 seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 and NCAA tournament berths in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, and 2022 including a trip to the NCAA Elite 8 Finals in 2017. She has coached 16 players who have earned 31 All-Conference awards and five athletes who have garnered seven All-American distinctions over her tenure. Additionally, Sherden received MIAC Coach of the Year and AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year honors in 2022 for the third time in her career (also received honor in 2015 and 2018).

The 2022 Gusties concluded the season as MIAC regular season and playoff champions and secured another trip to the NCAA Tournament where the team finished No. 16 in the country. Marlee Turn (Jr., Kennedy, Minn.) led the team receiving AVCA All-America, AVCA Central All-Region, MIAC All-Conference, MIAC Offensive Player of the Year, and MIAC Playoff MVP honors. Additionally, Maren Sundberg (Fy., Eagan, Minn.) received AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA Central All-Region, MIAC All-Conference, and MIAC Rookie of the Year honors. Kasie Tweet (Jr., Adrian, Minn.) added AVCA Central All-Region Honorable Mention, MIAC All-Conferece, CSC Academic All-District, and MIAC All-Playoff Team honors. Sarah Elliott (Sr., Lombard, Ill.) also picked up MIAC All-Conference and CSC Academic All-District honors. 

Previous to taking the position at Gustavus, Sherden worked as an assistant coach at Winona State University in 2009 and Luther College from 2007-to-2008. At Luther, Sherden also served as an assistant track and field coach and at Winona as an academic advisor for Student-Athlete Services. At both Luther and Winona she had responsibilities in graphic design/marketing for the athletics program.

Sherden, an Anoka, Minn. native, had a standout career at the University of St. Thomas. A four-year starter and three-time All-MIAC honoree, Sherden led the Tommies to a 103-35 record in her four years. As an outside hitter, she was an AVCA Third Team All-American honoree in 2006 and an AVCA honorable mention All-America recipient in 2005.

Gustavus Coaching Record:

Year     Overall     MIAC

2010     7-19         1-10

2011     20-10        7-4

2012     10-18        4-7

2013     11-20        4-7

2014     11-15        5-6

2015      27-3        11-0

2016      24-8        10-1

2017      26-7        8-3

2018      27-3        11-0

2019     14-15       7-4

2021     27-6         10-1

2022     26-5         11-0

Overall  230-129  89-43


B.A. University of St. Thomas, M.S. Winona State University

Areas of Expertise


Courses Taught

HES-174 (Women's Volleyball)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-174 Women's Volleyball 26 2022/FA, 2021/FA, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
HES-284 Volleyball Practicum 14 2022/FA, 2021/FA, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
HES-108 Volleyball 6 2020/SP, 2019/SP, and 2018/SP
HES-100 Physical Fitness: Conditioning 1 2020/SP
HES-101 Wellbeing Lab 1 2018/SP