Track and Field Coaching Staff
Daniel Ireland
Director of Cross Country/Track & Field, Middle Distance & Distance
Coach Info:
Position: Director of Cross Country/Track & Field, Middle Distance & Distance
Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.
Alma Mater: Georgetown '91
Phone: 212-854-3436

Already a two-time Ivy League Coach of the year, Daniel Ireland was named the Director of Cross Country/Track & Field in July of 2014.

“I am excited and humbled to be named the Director of Cross Country and Track and Field at Columbia University,” Ireland said upon being hired. “Columbia has a long and storied tradition of success in cross country and track and field. I know that the young men and women who compete for Columbia are outstanding for their dedication to the sport, and their success in the classroom. I am excited to be working with many elite student-athletes.”

During the Outdoor season of 2017, both the men and women's teams impressed, sending 19 athletes to the NCAA East Prelims. Three of those runners earned All-American status by moving on to the NCAA Finals when Robert Napolitano advanced in the 1,500m, Natalie Tanner was one of three women to qualify in both the 5,000m & 10,000m, and Nell Crosby became the school record holder and second team All-American in the 3,000m Steeplechase. The Lions won seven events at the 2017 Outdoor Heps, led by six titles in the middle distance and distance events.

While hosting the 2017 Indoor Heps at the NYC Armory, Ireland helped Henna Rustami to a championship in the 3,000m run, before bouncing back to anchor the distance medley relay to another title. The men's effort was led by Alek Sauer, who went from fourth to first to take the 1,000m run, before being part of the winning 4x800m relay squad. In total, Columbia won seven titles at Indoor Heps.

Ireland coached two runners to All-American honors during the 2016 track & field seasons, in Robert Napolitano and Natalie Tanner. During the indoor season, Napolitano qualified for the 2016 NCAA Championships in the 1 Mile, thanks to a 3:58.98 during the Fastrack National Elite Meet. Tanner shined during the outdoor season, making the NCAA Outdoor Final in the 5,000m run, taking 15th place overall. During his second season at Columbia, Ireland led 14 Lions to the NCAA East Prelims, while 12 athletes put forth All-Ivy League performances, five won Ivy League Championships, and five school records were broken.

The fall of 2015 was a resurgence for the Columbia men, as the cross country team earned its second Ivy League title in three years. The men edged Penn, led by all-conference performers Aubrey Myjer (third), Jack Boyle (seventh) and Tait Rutherford (ninth). The women also had a strong finish at Heps, taking third behind all-conference runners Olivia Sadler and Leila Mantilla. Columbia was also victorious in two other cross country meets under Ireland, as the men and women were both victorious at the Leopard Invitational, while the before both teams won titles at the IC4A/ECAC Cross Country Championships.

In his first season on Morningside Heights, Ireland picked up Ivy League Indoor Women’s Coach of the Year honors, when the Columbia women claimed second at the Indoor Heps. The women put forth eight All-Ivy League performances and three championships during the indoor season, while the men were victorious in four events at the same meet. The outdoor season was another successful one for Columbia, when 11 all-conference performances were achieved at Outdoor Heps.

Ireland spent three years as the Head Men and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at La Salle, where he won both a men and women’s Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship, was named A-10 Coach of the Year for both men and women’s cross country, and coached individuals to great successes in indoor and outdoor track and field.  Ireland's teams were equally successful in the classroom as his cross country and track and field squads consistently achieved USTFCCCA All-Academic team status during his tenure.

In three years at La Salle, Ireland coached two NCAA All-Americans, four NCAA Championships participants, 14 individual NCAA Regional Track qualifiers, one IC4A Champion, two ECAC Champions and 19 Atlantic 10 Conference Champions.  His student-athletes broke 10 school records and produced 108 All-East performances.

Formerly the Head Men’s Cross Country, Distance, and Middle Distance Coach at Yale, Ireland’s teams enjoyed tremendous success during his 12-year tenure. The Bulldogs regularly placed in the top 10 at NCAA Cross Country Regionals, including a fourth and fifth place finish in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Yale has also performed well at the IC4A Championship, placing in the top eight every year since 2003, including third in 2006.

Ireland coached a pair of All-Americans, 11 NCAA Regional Track Qualifiers, three IC4A Champions, and six Ivy League Champions at Yale. A total of 137 runners earned All-East status under his guidance and 41 earned all-Ivy League honors. In addition, his runners set 17 school records and had 83 performances that placed among the top 15 in Bulldog history.

In 2010, Ireland served as the NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Meet Director, coordinating all aspects of the men's and women's championship. For the past two seasons, he has also served as the NCAA Northeast Region Cross Country representative. Prior to coming to Yale in 1999, Ireland spent six years as an Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Georgetown. During his time there, the Hoyas won 14 Big East team championships in men's and women's cross country and track.

In cross country, Georgetown finished in the top 10 at NCAAs five times on the women's side and once on the men's side. In track, the Hoyas finished in the top 10 nationally as a team a total of six times.

He also spent time coaching the preeminent distance running club in the country, the Reebok Enclave in Washington, D.C. for two seasons. During this time he worked with four Olympians.

Ireland ran for the Hoyas from 1988-91, qualifying for NCAAs three times in cross country. He won the 1991 Big East 10,000m outdoors and was a two-time All-Big East selection in cross country.

Ireland graduated from Georgetown in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in international relations and received his master's in liberal arts from Georgetown in 1998. A native of Woodbridge, Va., Ireland was inducted into Woodbridge High School's Hall of Fame in 2009. He resides in the Bronx with his wife Christi and his three children, Jacob, Alaina, and Addison.