Ireland is a three-year member of the Grand Haven varsity cross country and track teams. During his time on the cross country team, he earned two O-K Red All-Conference nods and two All-Region awards.
“I feel that Andrew is a perfect fit for our program and our college,” said Aquinas coach Mike Wojciakowski. “He’s very well versed and is exceptional in many things. I believe our training philosophy will really gel with what works for Andrew. I see him making an immediate impact on our team and in our campus community.”
Aquinas earned the Buccaneer’s decision over recruiting efforts by Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Hope College. Ireland plans on majoring in kinesiology, with a concentration in exercise science and athletic training.
“Aquinas has everything I had hoped for in a college,” Ireland said. “It has a welcoming community that’s not too large, a well-respected kinesiology department, and a successful running program.”
Ireland has one more stint with the Bucs on the track this spring, hoping to make a reappearance on the state team come summertime.