Head Coach Rachelle Sherden
Rachelle Sherden is in her eighth season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2017. In her first seven seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, 2016 and has coached twelve all-conference players and three All-Americans over her tenure.
Coming off of a record-breaking 2015 season, the Gusties finished the 2016 season with a record of 27-8, tied for second in MIAC regular season play, and once again defeated Bethel University in the MIAC Playoff Championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals for the first time since 1986. Nora Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.) earned MIAC Player-of-the-Year and AVCA First-Team All-American Honors. In addition, Lauren Hanson (So., Redwood Falls, Minn.) earned MIAC All-Conference and AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Honors. Brittany Luethmers (So., Prior Lake, Minn.) and Taylor Trautman (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn.) joined Holtan and Hanson on the 2016 All-Conference Team, marking the third time in program history that four Gusties were selected.
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.