Rachelle Sherden


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 12th season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2021. In her first ten seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and NCAA tournament births in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She has coached 12 players who have earned 24 All-Conference awards and two athletes who have garnered four All-American distinctions over her tenure. Additionally, Sherden received MIAC Coach of the Year and AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year honors in 2018 for the second time in her career (last was in 2015). 

The 2019 Gusties secured another trip to the MIAC Playoffs in 2019, making it their sixth consecutive playoff run, which ties them with one other league school for the most consecutive playoff tournament appearances in the MIAC. Kate Holtan (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) led the team receiving AVCA All-America Honorable Mention (three-time), AVCA Central All-Region (three-time), and MIAC All-Conference (three-time) honors. Hailey Embacher (Jr., Mankato, Minn.) was also named MIAC All-Conference.

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

Overall  177-118  68-42


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

Areas of Expertise


Courses Taught

HES-174 (Women's Volleyball) and HES-284 (Volleyball Practicum)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-174 Women's Volleyball 22 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 12 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