Stacey Cagenello attended Lewis S. Mills High School and graduated in 1983. She played guard and forward for the basketball team. She scored 1,164 points and was named to the All-State and Prep High School All-American teams during her senior year.
Cagenello continued her education at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. She continued to excel in both basketball and softball and also participated in ROTC training. In 1984, she was named Rookie of the Year in the East Coast Conference (ECC). In 1985 and 1987, she helped Lafayette win the ECC Championship. Cagenello completed her college basketball career by scoring 1,521 points and averaging 13 points and 4 rebounds per game. She was also named the “Top Female Athlete” and a “Distinguished Military Graduate.” In 1993, Cagenello was inducted into Lafayette’s Hall of Fame and in 2000, was honored as one of Lafayette’s “Top 15 Athletes of the 20th Century.”
Cagenello’s interest in the military continued after college. She joined the Army and continued to develop her basketball game. From 1988-1990, she was co-captain of the All-Army Women’s team, and in 1989, was selected as the U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year.