Local NBC station WRC has hired Dianna Russini as a sports anchor and reporter, completing the station’s three-person on-air sports department.

The station’s sports staff has been in flux since Lindsay Czarniak left for ESPN, and since Hakem Dermish subsequently joined her. Jason Pugh joined the station in the late fall, coming from West Palm Beach, and Carol Maloney has been working for the station on a temporary full-time basis while it searched for a third on-air sports staffer. There were also occasional appearances from other guest hosts, like Chick Hernandez, although the station always planned to go back to three full-timers.

Russini played soccer for and graduated from George Mason, which is her primary connection to this market. Her broadcasting career has taken her to New York’s WNBC, Long Island’s News12, Comcast SportsNet Northwest and, most recently, WVIT, the NBC station in Hartford, where she covered both news and sports. She will start at WRC next month, while Maloney will likely continue to help out at CSN Washington and WRC.

“It is a tremendous opportunity,” Russini told the Hartford Courant. “And there is no way I would have been able to get there without the people at NBC Connecticut.”

Also, here she is, catching a pass from Rex Ryan. Great catch.