In 2007, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School varsity baseball team brought home the Class AA State Championship – to date, the only one in baseball. That day represented the hard work, dedication and dreams of many students, including Ben Cornwell ’07, captain and pitcher of that varsity team. It is one of his most treasured memories from HIES.
After graduating, Mr. Cornwell matriculated to Virginia Tech, where he played baseball until an elbow injury cut his time short. He returned to Atlanta and enrolled at Georgia Perimeter campus in Covington, where he earned an associate’s degree, played baseball and had Tommy John surgery. Post-recovery, he transferred to University of Georgia for his junior and senior years to play baseball for the Dawgs.
After graduating UGA with a degree in sports management in 2011, Mr. Cornwell signed with the Seattle Mariners. “I had a lifelong dream of playing major league baseball,” he said.
He hung up his glove in May 2012 and started a career in finance, eventually following work – and his heart – to Texas. Mr. Cornwell married Anna Heald, a graduate of the Lovett School and Southern Methodist University, in June 2015.
They live in Dallas, where Mr. Cornwell is senior vice president in Middle Market banking for Truist and Mrs. Cornwell teaches first grade at Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD). “Dallas is a great business community and very family-oriented, similar to Atlanta,” Mr. Cornwell said. A lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, Mr. Cornwell watched the 2021 World Series (in that happy place called Truist Park) intently from Dallas.
They are the proud parents of Thomas, age 2.5, and identical twin boys Redding and Peyton, five months. They plan to apply their children to ESD where they can receive the Episcopal education that has meant so much to Mr. Cornwell.
“Holy Innocents’ had such a great impact on me, not just in academics but the environment, the small classes and the close relationships,” he said. “My very best friends to this day are from HIES.”
— Christina Mimms