Dayton began his career in athletics by working as a student intern for the Clemson University Football team in 2007 while working towards his bachelor's degree. While there, he had numerous duties, ranging from organizing recruiting visits for prospects to assisting with weekly scouting reports for offensive personnel. He left the position in 2008 upon his graduation from Clemson, and subsequently enrolled in graduate school.
After completing his bachelor's degree, Dayton began his pursuit of a master's degree at Georgia Southern University. While pursuing his degree, he held positions with the Heritage Classic Foundation and the Atlanta Spirit. Dayton worked in sports marketing at both positions, assisting with marketing efforts for the PGA's Verizon Heritage tournament while with the HCF and the Atlanta Hawks, Thrashers, and Philips Arena while working for the Atlanta Spirit.
A native of Alpharetta, Georgia, Dayton graduated from Clemson University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and History. He also earned a master's degree in Sports Management from Georgia Southern University in 2010.