Rachelle Sherden


Head Volleyball Coach in Athletics

Rachelle Sherden is in her fourth season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus volleyball team.

In her first four seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to an MIAC playoff berth in 2011 and has coached four all-conference players over her tenure including Angela Ahrendt and Malea Noennig in 2011, Emily Phillips in 2012, and Alyssa Taylor in 2013.

In addition to coaching at Gustavus, Sherden is in her third 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 website/marketing.


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-174Women's Volleyball102014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
HES-284Volleyball Practicum52014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA