Rachelle Sherden


Head Volleyball Coach in Athletics

Rachelle Sherden is in her seventh season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2016.
 In her first six seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and has coached eight all-conference players over her tenure.

The 2015 season proved to be a pivotal turnaround for Sherden and the program as the Gusties improved from an 11-15 record in 2014 to a 27-3 mark. The 2015 team also broke a 30-year win-streak record with an unprecedented 27 consecutive victories. Gustavus went on to win its first MIAC regular season championship since 1986 and fifth overall with a perfect 11-0 mark in the league. After a straight-set victory over Saint Mary’s in the MIAC Semifinals, the Gusties defeated Bethel 3-1 in the MIAC Championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.

The 2015 season boasted four MIAC All-Conference honorees and Sherden received MIAC Coach-of-the-Year. Alyssa Taylor was named MIAC Player-of-the-Year, Nora Holtan earned Rookie-of-the-Year, while Brittany Luethmers and Taylor Trautman earned All-Conference as well. At the conclusion of the season, Sherden was named AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year. Taylor earned AVCA All-Region and Third Team All-America, while Holtan received AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention and Central Region Freshman of the Year.

In addition to coaching at Gustavus, Sherden is in her fifth season as a club volleyball coach for the premiere and nationally renowned, Minnesota Northern Lights volleyball club.

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, Minnesota 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. Sherden registered 1,868 digs and 1,713 kills in her career. She is the only player in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) history to rank in the top five all-time in both kills and digs.

In addition to her coaching duties, Sherden serves as the assistant for Student-Athlete Services in web services and marketing.

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

Overall  86-85    32-34


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

Areas of Expertise


Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-174Women's Volleyball142016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
HES-284Volleyball Practicum72016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA