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 13th season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2022. In 12 seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021 and NCAA tournament berths in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2021, including a trip to the NCAA Elite 8 Finals in 2017. She has coached 13 players who have earned 27 All-Conference awards and three athletes who have garnered five 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 2021 Gusties concluded the season as MIAC regular season and playoff champions and secured another trip to the NCAA Tournament where the team finished Top 32 in the country. Kate Holtan (Sr., Rochester, Minn.) led the team receiving AVCA All-America, AVCA Central All-Region, MIAC All-Conference, and MIAC Player of the Year honors. Holtan holds the Gustavus program record with 1,711 career kills and she ranks fifth in program history with 1,289 career digs and is one of two players in program history with at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Additionally, Hailey Embacher (Sr., Mankato, Minn.) received AVCA All-America Honorable Mention, AVCA Central All-Region, MIAC All-Conference, and MIAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and Sarah Elliott (Jr. Lombard, Ill) received MIAC All-Conference 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

Overall  204-124  78-43


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 24 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 13 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