WSOC (Channel 9) said Friday that Lawrence Gilligan would be joining its sports team. He arrives just before the busy high school sports season begins.
Gilligan's appointment, effective Sept. 2, represents the first expansion of the Channel 9 sports department in three years. Phil Orban has been the department's sole anchor since arriving this spring. He replaced Tiffany Wright, who handled the sports beat alone after the departure of Bill Voth in 2011.
Gilligan, a graduate of the University of New Mexico, has spent the last four years at the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M.
"He excels in covering local sports and will help us dominate coverage with the professional teams," Julie Szulczewski, WSOC news director, said in a statement.