About Coach Ernest

Ernest Murdukahyev was born on August 13, 1980 in the city of Tashkent part of Republic of Uzbekistan. Ernest learned how to play soccer in one of the toughest streets of Tashkent in early 90’s. During the collapse of the Soviet Union, Republic of Uzbekistan claimed independency and soon after was a totally independent from all the cities around Russia. Left no choice Ernest and his family had to migrate to USA to seek new home and better future.
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Migrated in 1993 to USA and landed in NYC in which Ernest Murdukhayev started his playing career at Forest Hills H.S. Coached by Mike Windischmann who Ernest considers to be one of his early greatest soccer mentors. Played varsity soccer all 4 years and claimed a PSAL “B” Division city title in 1995 by moving the team to the “A” Division for the first time of Forest Hills H.S history.

Ernest was selected to the “All Queens High School Soccer team and was also member of the high school “All Star Team” in his junior year. It was there Ernest was discovered by Ben Boehm which he considers to be another one of his greatest soccer mentors. Ernest joined one of the best youth academies in the nation BW Gottschee U13 team and played for 5 consecutive years. Winning back to back both CJSL regular season and League Cup year after year. After leaving BW Gottschee he played for the Brooklyn Italians and won the NY State Cup in 2000.

Ernest was a member of the U18 & U23 New York State ODP team, Region 1 team, and was selected to the Top 100 youth U18 players in US. In year 1999, Ernest was selected to attend a U.S. National player pool in Chula Vista, CA for the U23 USA National Olympic Team.

He was recruited and attended St. John’s University from 2000-2004. Ernest was a member of the SJU men’s soccer team and was coached by another one of his greatest soccer mentors Dave Masur. Ernest participated in NCAA 2000 Men’s Soccer Championship and was chosen to a 2000-2001 Big East Academic All-Star team. In between the years Ernest had transferred to St.Peter’s College in Jersey City to play Division one soccer and was a member of the 2002-03 MAAC conference championship squad. There he was coached by one of his favorite coaches Cesar Markovic, who also coached him at the BW Gottschee Men’s team.

In 2004, Ernest went on graduating with a BS Degree in Sports Management and signed his first semi-professional contract with Westchester Flames F.C a former D-3 Pro Team that participated in USL. Being hammered with some major injuries Ernest had to spend couple of years on the sidelines and in year 2005 he joined the Greek American Atlas S.C a team that won numerous CSL Division 1 men’s soccer league titles.