ABOUT

CDR Alan Lerchbacker '74, USN (Ret.)

San Diego/Coronado Chapter Trustee

Lerchbacker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1974. After a 22-year career in the Navy as an Engineering Duty Officer, he graduated from the Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center.  He completed his Master’s Degree in Monterey at the Naval Post Graduate School in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. He was a Navy Aquanaut serving as part of the highly classified saturation deep diving program. He was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal for heroism during his tour on board the USS John F. Kennedy in 1975. After retirement, Alan served as the Assistant COO for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  While there, he earned his Executive MBA at Claremont University, the Peter Drucker School of Business. He then became the COO for a Business Incubator. From 1998 to 2000, he was the President of Taylor Dunn in Anaheim California, once the largest producer of electric vehicles in the United States.  
 
In 2000 he moved to Australia acquiring knowledge on shipyards and commercial shipbuilding.  He was then transferred to Mobile Alabama as the first CEO for Austal USA. He formed the team of General Dynamics, Boeing and Austal USA winning a $38B contract to build the Littoral Combat Ships for the Navy. 
 
In 2004, he moved to Hawaii as the Director of Construction for Navatek, for the Office of Naval Research, ONR. Alan joined The Miller Group in 2011 as their Managing Director, Western Region. He is currently President and CEO for Naval Coatings Inc., the leader in blasting and painting of Navy Ships. 
 
Alan was previously Chairman of the Los Angeles, Orange County, Hawaii and San Diego Chapters of the USNA Alumni Association. 
 
He has two children, Scott and Susan, two granddaughters, Sarah and Callie, and two grandsons, Reagan and Syler.  His wife, Amy Breen is from Fullerton, CA. They reside in Cardiff by the Sea, CA.