Dan Ireland is in his 11th year ascoach of the men’s middle distance and distancerunners. He joined the Bulldog staff in January of 2000 andmade an immediate impact on those areas and on the cross-countrysquad. The 2008-2009 school year was another successfulcampaign as the Bulldogs once again made numerous additions to boththe indoor and outdoor all-time lists. In addition, the Elishad great success at the Heptagonal Championships and the PennRelays as Ireland’s runners garnered All-Ivy in the indoor4x800m relay and a runner-up finish at the Penn Relays, breakingthe meet record in the College section, in the 4x800m relay with atime of 7:25. In his tenure he has guided his runners to twoAll-American performances, 12 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 36 All-Ivyperformances (nine Ivy Champions), 112 All-East performances and 11school records. In addition, 56 of his athletes have runperformances that place them among the 15 best all-time atYale. He has also directed numerous other Bulldog runners toscoring places at championship meets from 800m to 10,000m. While annually improving the athletic performances at Yaleeach year Ireland has continued with the tradition of academicexcellence as the men’s cross-country team achievedAll-Academic status again and is the only school in the countrythat has accomplished this for the last 10 years in a row.
As an athlete at Georgetown, Ireland was athree-time NCAA participant as a member of the Hoya cross countrysquad, and the Big East Champion and IC4A bronze medalist at10,000m. He went on to coach at his alma mater for the nextsix years under the guidance of former Hoya mentor FrankGagliano. In addition to his collegiate duties withGeorgetown, Ireland cut his coaching teeth with the preeminentdistance running club in the US, the Reebok Enclave in Washington,D.C. During his stint with the Enclave, Ireland worked withnumerous world and national class athletes, including fourOlympians. He brings an extensive background in middledistance and distance training to New Haven.
A 1991 graduate of Georgetown with adegree in international relations, Ireland earned his masters in1998, and has brought a renewed enthusiasm to Yale Cross Countryand Track and Field, with the goal of establishing a national classprogram. He lives in Branford, Conn., with his wife, Christi,an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Yale, andtheir children, Jacob, Alaina and Addison.