college-recruiting-playbook-coverThe College Recruiting Playbook ($19.99)  is a student-athletes guide to finding the right college to fit their academic, athletic, and personal needs.  Finding the right college for your student-athlete doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with College Recruiting Playbook, you can navigate the five phases of the recruiting process with surprising ease.                                                                                                                                                                           The College Recruiting Education Online Library  is an on-line interactive platform designed to educate prospective student-athletes about what it takes to play at the next level, how the college recruiting process works, and how to be a successful student-athlete.  





GFS Team

stackChristopher 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

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.





“GFS and its CEO, Chris Stack provides an innovative approach to the college recruiting process for all college bound student-athletes and their families.  Chris’s knowledge and his ability to paint a clear picture of how to create and venture a path to finding the college that suits the individuals wants and needs is exactly what those involved in the process are looking for. I highly recommend the GFS services to any individuals, teams, or organizations who are looking to get a better understanding of the college recruiting process.”

Kyle Rush, Harleysville FC

“The workshop really opened up my eyes about the recruiting process and made me think about my future as a student-athlete.”

Continental FC Girls Soccer Player

GFS Services

Guiding Future Stars College Recruiting Education Services have two purposes


GFS is connecting with a number of College ID Camps/Clinics and College Showcase events to provide prospective student-athletes exposure to college coaches. Gaining exposure to college coaches is one of the most important aspects of the athletic side of the college recruiting process. It is necessary that student-athletes have the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities to college coaches.


Education is the key to college recruiting. Knowing and understanding all aspects of the college recruiting process is essential as prospective student-athletes try to find their “College Experience Trifecta.” There are so many aspects to navigating through the college recruiting process. GFS has created a surefire approach to win in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. The GFS Education Initiative is an innovative approach comprised of educational resources, recruiting seminars, workshops, and on-site event education assistance. GFS simplifies the college recruiting process by breaking it down into 5 phases that prospective students can navigate in order to reach their goal of playing college sports.



Here is list of organizations and events GFS has worked with in the past.  This list continues to grow everyday.