Since 2010

About Us

XLR8 Sports Training is a science based training solution that delivers real on the field results for athletes looking to improve their athleticism.

Mike Draheim, CSCS – Owner & Trainer

Mike Draheim has been professionally training athletes of all ages at all levels for over 15 years. Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2000 with a B.S. in Exercise and Fitness Management  and a minor in Athletic Training.

At UW-Oshkosh, Mike was a three-year student-athlete in cross country and ran for four years on the track & field team as a middle distance runner. Mike qualified for the NCAA Men’s Track & Field Championships four times and competed in the 800 meter run and the 4×400 meter relay. Mike was a member of UW-Oshkosh’s 2000 Drake Relays 4×800 Championship Team. The team was the first team from the school to win at the Drake Relays and their finish of 7:30.01 is still a school record.

Mike is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a certification that is obtained and verified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). In addition to owning XLR8 Sports Training, LLC, Mike is also co-owner of TNT Fitness in Menasha and is the speed & conditioning specialist at Menasha High School.

Matt Erickson – Hitting Coach

Matt Erickson is a former major league baseball infielder who played for the Milwaukee Brewers . Erickson is currently managing the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Class ‘A’ Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. A native of Appleton, Wis., Erickson graduated from Appleton West High School where he played baseball, football and basketball. After graduation, Erickson attended the University of Arkansas and became one of the top players for the Razorbacks. Erickson was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the seventh round of the MLB Draft. Erickson  spent a few years with the marlins organization before signing as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2003. Erickson was called up to the Brewers in 2004 where he played in four games, and went one-for-six with a base hit against Greg Maddux. Erickson began training with XLR8 back in 2000 as an athlete and is now one of XLR8’s Hitting Coaches.  Erickson currently resides in Appleton with his wife and three children

Dave Gassner – Pitching Coach

Dave Gassner, a native of Hortonville, Wis., is a 1997 graduate of Hortonville High School. Gassner graduated Purdue University in 2002 with a degree in Education and was a pitcher for the Boilermakers from 1998-2001. Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2001 amateur entry draft, Gassner was traded to the Minnesota Twins on July 16, 2003. Gassner made his MLB debut on April 16, 2005 with the Twins.

Dave Gassner – Pitching Coach

Tim Harikkala – Pitching Coach

Tim Harikkala is a native of West Palm Beach, Fla. Harikkala was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 34th round of the 1992 MLB Draft and made his MLB debut on May 27, 1995. Harikkala made his last MLB appearance on August 12, 2007 for the Colorado Rockies




Contact XLR8

Phone: 920-735-9578


1300 Wittmann Dr
Menasha WI 54952

XLR8 Hours

Training sessions are by appointment only.

Typical hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 3pm - 7pm
Friday: 3pm - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 12pm

Free intro session for each new family.