|Title:||Head Coach of Men's Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance Coach|
Dan Ireland enters his eleventh year ascoach of the men’s middle distance and distancerunners. He joined the Bulldog staff in Januaryof 2000 and made an immediate impact on those areas and to thecross country squad. The 2008-2009 school yearwas yet again another successful campaign as the Bulldogs onceagain made numerous additions to both the Indoor and OutdoorAll-Time Lists. Inaddition, the Eli’s had great success at the Ivy League andthe Penn Relays as Ireland’s runner’s garnered All-Ivyin the indoor 4x800m relay and a runner up finish at the PennRelays, breaking the meet record in the College section, in the4x800m relay with a time of 7:25. In his tenure he has guided hisrunners to 2 All-American performances, 12 NCAA Regionalqualifiers, 36 to All-Ivy performances (9 Ivy Champions) and 112All-East performances and 11 school records. In addition, 56 of his athletes have runperformances that place them among the 15 best all-time atYale. He has alsodirected numerous other Bulldog runners to scoring places atchampionship meets from 800m to 10,000m. Whileannually upgrading the athletic performances at Yale each yearIreland has continued with the tradition of academic excellence asthe men’s cross country team achieved All-Academic statusagain and is the only school in the country that has accomplishedthis for the last ten years in a row.
As an athlete at Georgetown University,Ireland was a three time NCAA participant as a member of the Hoyacross country squad, and the Big East Champion and IC4A bronzemedalist at 10,000m. He went on to coach at his alma-mater for the next six years underthe guidance of former Hoya mentor FrankGagliano. In addition to his collegiate dutieswith Georgetown, Ireland cut his coaching teeth with the preeminentdistance running club in the US, the Reebok Enclave in Washington,DC. During his stintwith the Enclave, Ireland worked with numerous world and nationalclass athletes including four Olympians. Hebrings an extensive background in middle distance and distancetraining to New Haven.
A 1991graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in internationalrelations, Ireland earned his masters in 1998, and has brought arenewed enthusiasm to Yale Cross Country and Track and Field, withthe goal of establishing a national class program. Helives in Branford, CT with his wife, Christi, an assistant crosscountry and track and field coach at Yale University, and theirchildren, Jacob, Alaina and Addison.