Coach Payton has been a lifelong athlete. She graduated from Marcus Whitmas High School where she competed in both soccer and lacrosse. She landed a Division II scholarship and continuted her athleteic career at Daemen College.
After here time at Daemen, Coach Payton enlisted into the United States Navy and served on the USS Ronald Reagan. While serving in the Navy, Coach Payton discovered her love for weight lifting. After fulfilling her commitment to the Navy, Coach Payton sought out a career as a Strength & Conditioning Coach.