Donnie was hired as Assistant Coach for the Geneva City School System in 1975, at the age of 22. By 1977, he had moved up to Head Coach and Athletic Director for the County School System.
When he was 34, Donnie decided to make a big change, and move into the medical sales field. It was an opportunity to provide for his wife and growing family. Donnie worked 20 years for Mead Johnson Medical Sales Company – covering his home county and Dothan – earning the trust of local doctors and the medical community.
When Donnie retired last year, he returned to his lifelong passion. “Nothing makes me prouder than to hear people say ‘Coach Chesteen – you helped me become the person I am today.'”