Rachelle Sherden enters her tenth season as head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus College volleyball team in 2019. In her first nine seasons, Sherden guided the Gusties to MIAC playoff berths in 2011, 2014 and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and has coached 11 players who have earned 22 All-Conference awards and two athletes who have garnered four 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 2018 Gusties captured the MIAC regular season championship after going undefeated in conference play and then went on to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after being crowned the MIAC Playoff Champions for the third time in the last four years. They finished the year 27-3 overall while Nora Holtan (Sr., Rochester, Minn.) led the team as AVCA All-American (three-time), CoSIDA Academic All-American (two-time), and MIAC Player of the Year (three-time). Kate Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.), Brittany Luethmers (Sr., Prior Lake, Minn.), and Lauren Hanson (Sr., Redwood Falls, MN) earned AVCA All-America honorable mention. Luethmers also garnered MIAC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row.
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.