GFS Team

Christopher J. Stack – Founder and CEO 

Stack is the Founder and CEO of Guiding Future Stars, a student- athlete development company that transforms high school players into excellent students, great athletes, and extraordinary people. Author of the College Recruiting Playbook

A former Division I soccer player for Mount St. Mary’s University, he holds a degree in sports management and an MBA in marketing. Stack has worked in intercollegiate athletics for over twelve years. Starting his career in college administration at his Alma mater as the coordinator of intramurals, he also served as the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the university’s women’s soccer team. He eventually transitioned to the academic side of college sports as the coordinator of student-athlete academic support. The College Recruiting Playbook is a guide for high school student-athletes that helps them identify the school that best fits academically, personally, and athletically—so they can find success on and off the field.

Stack now enjoys using his higher education experience to help high school students achieve their dreams of playing sports in college while also gaining first-rate educations.


TJ Burns – Director of Business Development

TJ has been working in the sports performance industry for over 12 years both at the collegiate level and in the private sector most recently at Launch Sports in Rockville, MD as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

TJ graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2003 with a degree in History. He has worked at the collegiate level as a strength and conditioning coach at Mt. St. Mary’s, where he was an integral part of four conference championships and three NCAA tournament appearances. He has worked with 13 different athletic teams at the Division I level. Additionally, he has worked individually with MLB and NFL athletes as well as elite high school and Olympic level athletes.  TJ has also given presentations at conferences on the East coast on behalf of the National Strength Professional’s Association.

TJ joins GFS, as the Director of Business Development.   TJ’s vast knowledge of working with young athletes in helping them reach their athletic goals will be very valuable to the future of GFS.