Rachelle Sherden is in her eighth season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2017. In her first eight seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, 2016, and 2017 and has coached fifteen All-Conference players and four All-Americans over her tenure.
Coming off of a record-breaking 2015 and 2016 season, the Gusties finished the 2017 season with a record of 26-7, finished 3rd in MIAC regular season play, went on to be crowned NCAA Central Region Champions, and for the first time ever in Gustavus Volleyball history, advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight National Championship tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Nora Holtan (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) earned MIAC Player-of-the-Year (second year), AVCA Central Region Tournament Most Outstanding Player, and AVCA First-Team All-American Honors (second year). In addition, Kate Holtan (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) earned MIAC Rookie-of-the-Year, AVCA Central Region Freshman-of-the-Year, and AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Honors. Brittany Luethmers (Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.) earned MIAC Defensive-Player-of-the-Year and AVCA All Region Honorable Mention honors. Hanna Albers (Jr., Webster Groves, Missouri) earned MIAC All-Conference Team and AVCA Central Regional Tournament All-Tournament Team 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, 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 have ranked in the top five all-time in both kills and digs.
In addition to her coaching duties, Sherden serves as the Director of Club Sports and teaches in the HES department at Gustavus.