Ross Wilson was active in basketball and soccer, most notably, during his days at Nutana Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan. From there, he began a long career as a coach in basketball, soccer, track and field and volleyball and officiated in basketball.
He was an executive member and president of the Saskatoon Senior Men's Basketball League, Basketball Saskatchewan Inc. and Canada Basketball. He was Canada's head of delegation at international games, including one Olympics. He was only the second Canadian to be an executive member of the International Federation of Basketball Associations.
He was athletic director of the University of Saskatchewan from 1991 to 2006, leading the bids to bring at a number of CIS championships to Saskatoon, including three hockey tournaments and the Vanier Cup in 2006. He was vice-president of sport for Canada West level from 2002 to 2006.