Born in Concord, NC to Anna Culp Dayvault and A. C. Dayvault, Steve graduated from New Hanover High School in 1972 and attended UNCW 1973-1974.
Steve became interested in racquetball at the early age of 11 as the YMCA opened on Market Street. His parents were always supportive of any athletics. In fact his Mom was also competitive and played on her high school basketball team. Steve says his early role models were Jack Morris, Director YMCA, Wilmington, Dub Freshwater, Ed Miller and Ray Carrino…all great players in their day.
Steve started playing at the Wilmington YMCA, later UNCW, during college, then Wilmington Athletic Club, UNCW Rec Center and the NIR Family YMCA.
Steve’s Racquetball career has garnered numerous awards over the years. These have included 3 times North Carolina Racquetball Open Singles Champion….1985 Charlotte, 1988 Durham and 1993 Charlotte.
Dayvault is a 14 time North Carolina State Racquetball Open Doubles Champion. In addition to winning 15 Open Singles titles in NC, SC and VA.
He was inducted into the North Carolina Racquetball Hall of Fame in 2005.
In Houston, TX, Steve came in 2nd place in the National Doubles Open 35+ (Partner George Dodson, NC), 2nd place in the National Doubles Open 40+ (partner George Dodson, NC) and 3rd in the National Doubles Open Mixed (partner Malia Bailey, VA). Dayvault was the 2011 Champion in the National Doubles Open Mixed 45+ (partner Malia Bailey, VA) and 2011 Champion in National Doubles Open 55+ (partner Charlie Hauser, CA), both held in Phoenix, AZ.
In addition to racquetball, Dayvault has also enjoyed competition water skiing and more recently Pickleball.
Steve has been married to Paula Gill Dayvault since 1979…he says “I must thank my wife Paul for supporting my activities over the years and putting up with me being gone many days and weekends practicing and playing competitively.