UT System Police Featured Officer of the Month


April 2016

Wayne Coffey

UT AustinPD




Mentors have played an important role in my life and I recommend every officer establish a mentor relationship at each stage of their career and life.  Recently, I met one of my mentors as I decided to apply for a promotion at UTPD.  He took me under his wing and gave me some of the best advice I have ever received because it led me to another mentor with more good advice.  Through this process alone, I feel that I have learned that you should never give up on your dreams and always strive to be a better person and colleague.  You owe that to everyone you come into contact with in life and on the job.  My most important mentor is Natalie Coffey, my best friend and partner of 33 years.  Together, we have two amazing children.   Natalie and I have both been fortunate enough to have our dream jobs and share the parenting responsibilities.  Natalie worked on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Chief of Staff and I played professional football in the NFL with the New England Patriots and the Arena Football League with a number of different teams.  Little did I know after playing professional football that I would be fortunate enough to land a second dream job here at The University of Texas at Austin.

What I like best about my job is that I have the opportunity to mentor officers early in their careers when retention is particularly important.  I give them guidance and opportunities to learn and I provide support when they need or want to share their ideas.  I help them implement their ideas, when appropriate, by sharing those ideas with UTPD leadership.  My mentorship also includes a personal side.  I let the officers get to know me and if they want to share their life experiences with me I am available to listen.  I have found that this career requires a lot of trust and dependence on your fellow officer so it is good to have both personal and professional knowledge of your colleagues.

In my spare time I like to play golf and relax on my deck. One of my mentors at UTPD helped me build the deck and I love the deck because it is the perfect man cave with a big screen TV.  I recently checked off a Bucket List item when I played golf at Pebble Beach.  Other Bucket List items include traveling to Europe once my son Spencer completes his Ph.D.; and golfing at St. Andrews in Scotland.  People would be surprised to know that I still enjoy riding skateboards and it is something I loved as a child.  I am the youngest of six children and my dad was  a firefighter in the Air Force.

The one thing that I want everyone to know about being an officer in The University of Texas System is that it is an excellent opportunity to receive outstanding training, excellent health benefits, and work events where you meet interesting people.





Click the links below to go directly to prior Officers of the Month

January 2016

Kenneth Baptiste

UT Southwestern Medical Center PD

February 2016

W.J. Braunsdorf

UT Medical Branch PD

March 2016

Bill Zimmerman

UT Arlington PD

October 2015

Beverly Kennedy

UT Tyler Police

November 2015

James Vernier

UT Arlington PD

December 2015

Brett Watkins

UT Austin PD

July 2015

John W. Siverand, Jr.

UT MB Galveston PD

August 2015

Maranda Tupper

UT San Antonio PD

September 2015

Brian Kneisley

UT Permian Basin PD

April 2015

Cynthia Loredo

UT Southwestern Medical Center

May 2015

Pablo Lopez

UT Pan American

June 2015

Wayne Smith

UT Houston PD

January 2015

Robert Major

UT San Antonio PD

February 2015

Adela Leal

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

March 2015

Jacob Corbitt

UT Medical Branch - Galveston

October 2014

Diego Mata

UT Pan American PD

November 2014

John Morrison

UT Arlington PD

December 2014

Jason Rask

UT Austin PD

July 2014

Officer Carolina Villareal

UT Austin PD

August 2014

Officer Robert Trimyer

UT Health Science Center San Antonio PD

September 2014

Stacey Rotunno

UT Dallas PD


April 2014

Gordon Firth

UT Dallas PD

May 2014

John Armstead

UT Houston PD

June 2014

Rey Trevino

UT Brownsville PD


January 2014

Robert DeRohn

UT San Antonio PD

February 2014

Joel Rivera

UT Arlington PD

March 2014

Natalie Rodriguez

UT Health Northeast PD


October 2013

Bobby Lane

UT San Antonio PD

November 2013

Charles Bonnet

UT Austin PD

December 2013

Kevin Gray

UT Houston PD


July 2013

Perla Noriega

UT Brownsville PD

August 2013

Jason Taylor

UT Austin PD

September 2013

Laura Davis

UT Austin PD


April 2013

Samantha Carter

UT Austin PD

May 2013

Jerry Blanco

UT Arlington PD

June 2013

David Sedmak

UT HSC San Antonio


January 2013

Clifford A. Douglas

UTMB Galveston PD

February 2013

Ashley Griffin

UT Austin PD

March 2013

Homar Bahena

UT Brownsville PD


October 2012

Scott H. Barnwell

UT MD Anderson PD

November 2012

Liju George

UT Southwestern PD

December 2012

Brandy Elliot

UT Tyler PD


July 2012

Molly Ralph

UT Pan American PD

August 2012

Joseph Michael Pasqua

UT Austin PD

September 2012

Dava Barnhart

UT Austin PD


April 2012

Angelia Lemmonds

UT MD Anderson PD

May 2012

Adam Jones

UT Southwestern PD

June 2012

Stefan Happ

UT MD Anderson PD




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