Dan Ireland is in his 11th year as coach of the men’s middle distance and distance runners. He joined the Bulldog staff in January of 2000 and made an immediate impact on those areas and on the cross-country squad. The 2008-2009 school year was another successful campaign as the Bulldogs once again made numerous additions to both the indoor and outdoor all-time lists. In addition, the Elis had great success at the Heptagonal Championships and the Penn Relays as Ireland’s runners garnered All-Ivy in the indoor 4x800m relay and a runner-up finish at the Penn Relays, breaking the meet record in the College section, in the 4x800m relay with a time of 7:25. In his tenure he has guided his runners to two All-American performances, 12 NCAA Regional qualifiers, 36 All-Ivy performances (nine Ivy Champions), 112 All-East performances and 11 school records. In addition, 56 of his athletes have run performances that place them among the 15 best all-time at Yale. He has also directed numerous other Bulldog runners to scoring places at championship meets from 800m to 10,000m. While annually improving the athletic performances at Yale each year Ireland has continued with the tradition of academic excellence as the men’s cross-country team achieved All-Academic status again and is the only school in the country that has accomplished this for the last 10 years in a row.
As an athlete at Georgetown, Ireland was a three-time NCAA participant as a member of the Hoya cross country squad, and the Big East Champion and IC4A bronze medalist at 10,000m. He went on to coach at his alma mater for the next six years under the guidance of former Hoya mentor Frank Gagliano. In addition to his collegiate duties with Georgetown, Ireland cut his coaching teeth with the preeminent distance running club in the US, the Reebok Enclave in Washington, D.C. During his stint with the Enclave, Ireland worked with numerous world and national class athletes, including four Olympians. He brings an extensive background in middle distance and distance training to New Haven.
A 1991 graduate of Georgetown with a degree in international relations, Ireland earned his masters in 1998, and has brought a renewed enthusiasm to Yale Cross Country and Track and Field, with the goal of establishing a national class program. He lives in Branford, Conn., with his wife, Christi, an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Yale, and their children, Jacob, Alaina and Addison.