Rachelle Sherden enters her ninth season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2018. In her first eight seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, 2016, 2017 and has coached 11 players who have earned 18 All-Conference awards and two athletes who have garnered three All-American distinctions over her tenure.
The 2017 Gusties enjoyed arguably one of the greatest seasons in the 49-year history of the program. After getting upset in the MIAC semifinals, the Gusties earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament where they proceeded to win a regional title and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in team history. They finished the year 26-7 overall while Nora Holtan (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) led the team as AVCA All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-American, and MIAC Player of the Year. Kate Holtan (Fy., Rochester, Minn.) earned AVCA All-America honorable mention, Central Region Freshman of the Year, and MIAC Rookie of the Year. Brittany Luethmers (Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.) and Hanna Albers (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) joined the Holtan sisters on the All-MIAC Team.
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.